SINGAPORE: Next year's National Day Parade (NDP) will be held at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay, announced Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Thursday (Aug 18).
In a Facebook post, Dr Ng said that the Floating Platform has become a "favourite site for some Singaporeans and we should use this temporary platform while we still have it". He also announced the venue for the 2018 NDP, writing that "for 2018, we would like to hold NDP again at the National Stadium".
"Each of the three venues have their unique charm and fans but the goal is common - to celebrate our nation’s founding and progress with one heart and as one people," he added.
Dr Ng also thanked those who "gave their all" to make this year's NDP a success. "Held an appreciation dinner to thank participants, partner organisations, volunteers, organising committee members and sponsors who gave their all to make NDP 2016 a resounding success," he wrote.
"Together with the previews and NE shows, 275,000 enjoyed the NDP show live - the biggest number ever. Some Singaporeans said it was their best NDP so far - a big thank you to all!"
The Marina Bay Floating Platform is the world's first and largest floating stage and opened in 2007 after the old National Stadium closed. It was originally intended as a temporary structure with a five-year lifespan.
This year's NDP was hosted in the new National Stadium after a 10-year hiatus, and was the first NDP to be held at the new Sports Hub. Earlier media reports had said that talks to hold the event at the Sports Hub were at an impasse, with negotiations locked over the cost.
The parade saw about 55,000 spectators enjoying traditional crowd favourites like the military tattoo, while also incorporating new elements like 3D displays and aerial performances.