Imagine a floating stage larger than a football field, glistening water views, beloved images of home and country, and 60,000 people celebrating – and you might have an accurate vision of Singapore National Day. On August 9, 2017, Intel Drone Light Shows added to the impressive performances by delivering an equally awe-inspiring display of colors and lights.
The production included 300 drones forming images of the island, the red and white flag, and the beloved official mascot of the city, the Merlion, flying high above Marina Bay. The Merlion, an 8.6-meter (28 foot) cement and steel mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is one of the most recognized images associated with Singapore.
National Day is an important holiday for Singaporeans as they celebrate their independence from Malaysia in 1965. The morning-into-evening event features a military parade, music, entertainment, dancing, food, light shows, an address by the prime minister, and fireworks that grow more thunderous each year. As the city is decorated in red and white, the citizens of this country rejoice over their culture, traditions, and colorful rise to independence.