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Singapore marks national day

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Fireworks light up the sky during the National Day Parade in Singapore. Singapore celebrates the 49th anniversary of independence on Saturday.

Singaproe celebrates 49th Independence Day on Saturday. Thousands attended the National Day Parade.

Fireworks light up the sky during the National Day Parade in Singapore. Singapore celebrates the 49th anniversary of independence on Saturday.
Fireworks light up the sky during the National Day Parade in Singapore. Singapore celebrates the 49th anniversary of independence on Saturday.

The parade was officially started with a military tattoo for the first time, featuring a combined band and a precision drill squad strutting their stuff to the beat of well-loved classics like We Will Get There. Also performing for the first time were eight participants from Minds – the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore – on the taiko drum.The 35 marching contingents were made up of more than 2,000 people – the largest number ever present for this segment at the floating platform.

Earlier, energetic parade hosts Hossan Leong, Jean Danker, Siti Khalijah, Ebi Shankara and Joakim Gomez led the 27,000-strong crowd at the Marina Bay floating platform in cheering and performing a Kallang wave.