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Four things to look out for at NDP this year

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Here's what you absolutely cannot miss at this year's National Day Parade.

With two weeks to go before turning 51, Singapore wasted no time throwing a pre-birthday party at the beautiful National Stadium last Saturday.

The first preview of the National Day Parade (NDP), themed 'Building our Singapore of Tomorrow', certainly did not disappoint with its modern elements and engaging performances.

Here are the four things you should look out for when you watch the NDP on Aug 9.

1. The amazing technology

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THE ENERGETIC PERFORMANCES CATERED TO EVERY RACE AND AGE GROUP.

This year, Singapore outdid itself with its impressive display of LED lights, 3D projection displays, and drones.

The show catered to both the young and old with traditional performances that incorporated colourful ethnic costumes and performers in illuminated tops that roved around the stage on hoverboards. The colours and sounds worked together, immersing the audience completely in the show.

The best part? At the beginning of the show, every attendee was given a LED bracelet, which lighted up in sync with the music and matched the colours of the sets. It was pretty mind-blowing.

2. The bedazzling unicorn that flew around the stadium

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THE UNICORN HOVERED OVER THE CROWDS AMIDST OUR LED BRACELETS WHICH FLASHED ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW.

This year, we have a bedazzled unicorn that flies over the crowd as 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' played in the background.

Yes. You heard that right. A flying, bedazzled unicorn at the NDP. I think a part of me just died with joy when I saw it.

We even spotted a little boy riding the unicorn as it flew by. Needless to say, we were really jealous of him.

3. The mini rave party

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THE FLASHY COSTUMES TURNED NDP INTO AN UNEXPECTED RAVE.

As the show brought us to a journey to Singapore in 2065, we had a whole bunch of performers dressed in lighted-up tops that swarmed the stage for a mass dance. Amidst the strobe lights and the pounding beats from Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez playing in the background, it felt like we were at a mini rave party.

In fact, I think that was my favourite part of the whole performance because people were getting up to dance and sing along. It was nice to see the young and old coming together to enjoy this one segment.

4. The indoor fireworks

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THE FINALE INCORPORATED SIGN LANGUAGE TO SHOW THAT WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY.

Since this year's NDP will be held at the National Stadium for the first time, crowd favourites like the Black Knights and the State Flag flypast might be less visible from the spectators' stand.

So, the organisers made up for it by bringing the fireworks both outdoors and indoors!

While this was going on, the stage was filled with performers singing classic National Day songs. The audience was showered in confetti and immersed in a multi-sensory experience that left us feeling delighted and proud of our country.

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THE MARCH PAST SHOWED OFF THE STRENGTH OF OUR MILITARY.

Overall, this year's NDP was absolutely spectacular. While it is sad that we will miss the usual outdoor fireworks display, the organisers managed to work beyond the limitations of the indoor venue to create something unique.

Nonetheless, watching the 43-minute march past and singing classic songs like 'Count On Me Singapore' and 'Home' made me feel so wonderful and patriotic.

While different, it was certainly still a special occasion, as it is every year.