Aug 9 'baby' is parade's voice again

This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will be a perfect 10 for parade announcer William Xavier.

It will be the 10th time the 54-year-old local radio DJ makes announcements as planes whizz past and marching contingents take centre stage.

He was the parade announcer from 2003 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2012. He has also hosted the NDP at least twice.

Calling it the "biggest show in the country", he said: "Not many people have this privilege... It's an honour to be asked, it's an affirmation of your ability."

When asked about the challenges he has faced as an announcer, he replied: "Based on the number of times I've done this, it's most likely that I've overcome those challenges. The thing is that, having done this job a long time... I think I've come to define the job.

"That thing when you hear me drag my voice, the 'Here they come' bit, nobody did that before.

"That's kind of a patented thing. In the years when I didn't do this, apparently whoever took my place attempted that as well - with mixed results, I'm told."

After so many years, he said it is hard to pick out the most memorable moment. But his favourite part of the NDP is the aerial flypast.

He said: "The one I like the most is the one I'm good at, which is bringing the planes in."

And, to top if off, he will also be turning 55 on Aug 9. "I like to celebrate my birthday in public - I am an Aug 9 baby, why not celebrate in a big way?"

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