KUALA LUMPUR: The sunny skies greeted thousands who thronged the Dataran Merdeka here to revel in the joint National Day and Malaysia Day parade which was held in its usual colourful pomp.
Participants and security personnel started converging at the area as early as 5am and even some members of the public came early to grab the best spots.
The day's festivities began after the arrival of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah with the singing of the Negaraku and recital of the Rukun Negara.
This year's march past saw 23 contingents taking part.
Two floats that represents the National Key Result Areas reduction of crime rates and boosting students' performance were also part of the parade.
Present were Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and the Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri of Sarawak Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Cabinet ministers, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and foreign dignitaries.
Other states also celebrated the event with their own parades.
In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, some 54 youths dressed in traditional costumes delighted the crowd of several thousand who thronged the event at the Dataran Bandaraya (City Square) by performing 1Malaysiadance.
In Kuantan, Pahang, youths took centrestage at the state-level National Day and Malaysia Day joint celebration which was held at the MPK1 field.