Singapore celebrated its National Day on Thursday with great pomp and ceremony. Its annual parade?
President Sheare taking salute
Crowd watching the parade
Military march-past (3 shots)
Helicopter and jet fighters fly past
Girl piper band
Students and floats march past (3 shots)
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Background: Singapore celebrated its National Day on Thursday with great pomp and ceremony. Its annual parade this year was presided over by President Sheare.
Thousands turned out to watch the parade which began with a drive-past of the Mobile Column of the Singapore Armed Forces. Among the spectators missing from this year's celebrations was Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Lwan Yew. Mr. Lee is currently in Ottawa, Canada attending the Commonwealth Conference.
The National Day celebrations also included a fly-past. Alouettes, marchetti and hunters of the Singapore Air Defence Command took part in the display of precision flying.
The second half of the parade was staged by civilians. The all-women pipe band were among those who took part in the colourful procession. Bringing up the rear were floats, each of which were sponsored by a civic organisation in Singapore. Social motifs, such as "Down with Profiteering" "Youth" and "Extra-curricular Activities", were the main themes of this years floats.