With 12 more contingents marching during the vintage parade segment preceding it, the total member is 49 contingents all in all. Besides the usual parade and ceremony events, the City Marchpast will come back for a 6th straight year, with all 49 marching contingents marching out towards the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands.
For the first time since 1969, foreign Heads of State and Heads of Government will attend the parade. It is also the first time that the NDP will be without Lee Kuan Yew, since his death on 23 March 2015. It is also the last time for those retiring candidates in the next Singapore election, of which it will either be held this year or next year.
The theme for this year’s NDP2015 is “Majulah Singapura” and it will return to a historic venue, the Padang, to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. To allow for more Singaporeans to be part of the Parade at the Padang, celebrations will be extended to various sites around the Marina Bay area, where “live” streaming of the Parade will be broadcast live online.