SINGAPORE, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Singapore celebrated its 45th birthday Monday night at the Padang, the old City Hall area. Some 27,000 people watched the National Day Parade (NDP) from the stands, while thousands more caught the show around the City Hall area.
The first NDP was held there in 1966, a year after Singapore declared its independence.
Team Singapore athletes were present to display the Youth Olympic Games spirit, with the event just a few days away.
Kicking off the parade component is the Combined Marching Band. During the formal part of the ceremony, the 30 contingents marched out of the Padang and towards Marina Bay. Over 2,000-strong personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces and the police patrolled the Padang and its vicinity.
There were also colourful mass displays of song and dance.
From about 300 locations across the island, they recited the Pledge and sang the national anthem in unison with the thousands celebrating at the Padang, Channel NewsAsia reported Monday night.
The parade ended with a rousing firework display that lit up the city skyline.