Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence with parade and fireworks

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Tens of thousands of spectators and up to 15,000 participants celebrated 50 years of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia on the Padang Grounds, on Monday. Hundreds of dancers displayed their traditional history in a performance, as F16 fighter jets flew overhead forming a number 50 in the sky. As night fell, the Singaporean military put on a massive display of defensive might, with 177 tanks rolling through the city center. Finally, the three-hour procession was capped with a firework display.