As we know by now, the National Day Parade (NDP) 2021 originally planned on 9 August at the Float@Marina Bay has been postponed to 21 August, after the scheduled end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). However, on Monday, 9 August, there will still be a ceremonial parade held, similar to the one held at the Padang in 2020, but taking place at the Float@Marina Bay instead. Here are something to know about the National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade.
5 Things to Know about the National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade
1. What Time is the National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade
The National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade will be held at 9 am in the morning on 9 August 2021. It should end by around 9.50 am, when the Fly Our Flag flypast and F-15SG Flypast is set to begin.
2. How to Watch the National Day Ceremonial Parade 2021
Firstly, don’t head down to the Marina Bay area. A lot of areas have been closed and the reason why we are having a National Day Ceremonial Parade 2021 in the first place is to prevent crowds from gathering.
Instead, if you want to watch the National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade, the best place to do is probably at home. You can view it on channels such as the NDPeeps YouTube page. We’ve linked to it below to make it easier for you to watch the parade.
3. Smaller Scale
The National Day Ceremonial Parade at The Float @ Marina Bay on 9 Aug will involve around 600 participants on site. These consist of four Guard-of-Honour contingents, each comprising 72 personnel, a Contingent Commander and a Second-in-Command, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Colours Party, five SAF and Home Team contingents and a combined SAF and Singapore Police Force (SPF) band.
The number of participants forming up the physical parade has been reduced by 70%, compared to past parades held at The Float @ Marina Bay.
There will be a state flag flypast featuring helicopters during the National Anthem. The Feu de Joie gun fire by the Guard-of-Honour will also take place.
In addition, the Singapore Artillery will also carry out a 21-gun salute during the President’s parade inspection.
4. Virtual Participation by Youth Uniformed Group Contingents and Civilian Contingents
For the first time in NDP history, the contingents at The Float @ Marina Bay will be joined by youth uniformed group contingents and civilian contingents via virtual participation.
Nine Youth Uniformed Groups, represented by nine marching participants and one Contingent Commander, will be taking part virtually. Each group is from one school only.
Representing the Girl Guides Singapore is Peicai Secondary School. National Cadet Corps is represented by Anglo Chinese School (Independent). The National Civil Defence Cadet Corps and National Police Cadet Corps are represented by students from Christ Church Secondary School and Serangoon Secondary School respectively. The Singapore Red Cross Society contingent is from Greendale Secondary School while St John Brigade Singapore is from Kranji Secondary School. The Boys’ Brigade In Singapore contingent is from Gan Eng Seng School and The Girls’ Brigade Singapore is from Canberra Secondary School. Finally, The Singapore Scout Association will be represented by scouts from Zhenghua Secondary School.
In addition, 12 civilian contingents, each comprising nine marching participants and one Contingent Commander, representing the social and economic defence groups will also participate virtually. Notably, Singapore Airlines Ltd and Families for Life are participating with a marching contingent for the first time.
5. Flypast after National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade
The conclusion of the National Day 2021 Ceremonial Parade will be followed by two flypasts. The Fly Our Flag fly past will see Chinook helicopters, flanked by Apache helicopters, take two separate routes over the western and eastern halves of the island.
There will also be a fly past by the RSAF’s F-15SG in a delta formation around the island.
Get more details about the flypasts here.