SINGAPORE: 'Many Stories... One Singapore' - that's the theme for this year's National Day Parade as the nation celebrates its 48th birthday.
And for the first time, there will be a variety show. It will feature personal and collective Singapore stories through nine short and entertaining segments filled with music, movement and humour.
Another first for this year - a video of stories about Singaporeans in line with the Total Defence 2013 theme "Will you stand with me?".
This will be showcased during the Parade and Ceremony segments.
Brigadier-General Perry Lim, chairman of NDP Exco Committee, said: "It really calls on Singaporeans to reflect on and share our stories that make us who we are as Singaporeans and allow us to take pride in what we have achieved as a nation."
Lending her expertise in the parade is local comedian Selena Tan, who is the show's creative director.
"Life is hard, right? Sometimes you get stressed, you get stuck in a traffic jam. Your blood pressure is rising. But every now and then you want to let go and want to scream and shout and laugh at something that's funny or even a reflection on yourself," she said.
To be held at The Float @ Marina Bay, the parade will also feature the traditional crowd favourites such as the 21-Gun Salute and the Feu de Joie.
This year's theme song will also be sung by a choir made up of 68 individuals who auditioned for it.
They will be featured in a reality show "Sing A Nation" to be shown on Channel 5 as a lead up to NDP 2013.
The NDP logo for this year is made up of different circles and colours that come together, forming the shape of Singapore.
The circles symbolise the many stories - at the personal, community and nationals levels - that have shaped our common history.
The NDP Exco Committee also invites Singaporeans to share their personal stories and even photos and videos in a project called "Our Stories" which will also be showcased in the lead up to the parade.
They can submit their pieces to www.ndp.org.sg. - CNA/de
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