Spectators traveling to Padang today to watch the National Day Parade (NDP) live will have something to do to keep them busy on their way through security checkpoints and to their seats.

Before the spectators enter the Paradeplatz, they are greeted by a 40 m wide portal with NDP motifs and decorated with LED balls.

Ten photo points have been set up for users to take a quick snapshot for their Instagram feeds.

This is the first time such decorations and extras have been applied.

As it is the bicentennial year, the NDP Infrastructure and Decorations Committee wants to “go the extra mile to enhance the experience of the spectators when they arrive in Padang,” said 7 military expert Tan Mu Yen, who chairs the committee.

“Usually NDP starts when the audience is sitting and enjoying the segment before the parade,” he said.

“This year we wanted the audience to get into a festive mood before they even entered the seating gallery. That’s why we added a few small details to decorate the path that the audience takes to the Padang.”

The banners and signage that direct viewers to their respective sectors have been printed this year in colors such as blue, green and yellow to match the colors of the sectors.

The colors of the chairs in the seating gallery have also been adjusted so that the phrase – NDP ’19 – is visible when there is no crowd, while the words of the national anthem Majulah Singapura on the facade of the national gallery.

ME7 Tan said they finished in the hope that “those who pass by the Padang will be reminded of this special occasion and take pictures to soak up the NDP atmosphere”.

The performance area was also optimized with seats that were built into the unused stage area. Another 2,000 seats in two rows have been added.

Bryan Wong, 54-year-old sales manager, who is taking part in the parade with his wife for the first time, said: “We have voted for tickets for many years but never got them. We are very lucky this time.”

Mr. Wong, whose birthday is August 5th, said the two tickets he received were a timely reward. He looks forward to visiting the Instagrammable Photo Booths.

“We are so excited to see the parade and we want to take lots of photos to remember this day.”

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