In India Republic Day Parade is organized on the event of Republic Day on 26th January every year. It was on this day in 1950 that the Constitution of India came into effect. The Republic Day parade is a celebratory event each and every aspect of which is widely covered by the media. The parade takes place in the morning and takes around two hours to conclude.
All events are broadcasted live throughout the country until the conclusion of the parade. The proceedings of the parade are also viewed with a patriotic zeal by the Indian Diaspora spread across the world.
Republic Day Parade 2021 Highlights
The Republic day parade for the year 2021 is going to be different in many ways, there can be major changes seen in this year’s Republic Day celebration, just because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have highlighted some major announcement below.
- Mr. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister was invited as the Chief Guest for Republic Day in 2021, but he canceled his trip due to the increasing COVID cases in his country.
- There will be no new chief guest to witness the 72nd Republic Day celebration, it is a historic decision taken by the government just because of the Covid outbreak and was announced by the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Anurag Srivastava.
- In the year 2021 for the first time, the Republic Day Parade will not be continued up to Red Fort. It is supposed to start from Vijay Chowk and will end at the National Stadium.
- The parade distance has been reduced to 3.3 km from 8.2 km for the first time.
- All the participants either performing any act or taking part in the parade will have to wear a mask.
- The marching regiments will have only 96 participants which were 144 earlier.
- The seat for audiences has been also reduced to 25,000 which was 1,15,000 earlier.
- Children below age 15 are strictly not allowed in the event.
- Many cultural events have been also canceled due to COVID-19.
- There will be 32 tableaux this year, which is higher than the previous year.
- Due to COVID-19 children are not invited to receive their Bravery Award.
- Our armed forces Army, Navy, and Air force will also represent their tableau this year.
- Daredevil Motorcycle stunt team will also be absent this year due to covid crises.
- DRDO will also take part in the parade and will represent its tableau this year.
- Gallantry Award winners will not be invited to take their awards this year due to covid.
- Due to Republic Day parade rehearsals, there will be restriction of traffic, from Vijay Chowk up to 'C' Hexagon, crossing on Rajpath, India Gate, starting from 17th of January to 21st of January.
- India Gate will also remain closed for some days due to the R-Day parade rehearsal and celebration.
- 4 Planes and about 38 IAF aircraft will take part in the Republic Day parade this year.
- The newly introduced Rafale fighter aircraft can also be seen showcasing the power of the Indian Army in the R-Day parade.
- Some metro stations like Central Secretariat & Udyog Bhawan will remain closed till 12 O’clock for safety reasons and to regulate the crowd.
- A final full dress rehearsal has been completed and all the armed forces were neatly dressed and were excited to be a part of this celebration.
- Tableaux from different states were also represented on the final rehearsal; these tableaux are selected and finalized by the Ministry of Defense.
- People are eagerly waiting with great enthusiasm for your high dignitaries to visit the venue to start the function.
Republic Day Parade 2020 Highlights
I have provided below the main points of attraction on the Republic Day Parade 2020, to the best of my knowledge.
- The President of Brazil Mr. Jair Bolsonaro was the Chief Guest of India’s 71st Republic Day Parade.
- The 71st Republic Day was very unique because of many extraordinary acts. The Republic Day Parade at Rajpath started with the phenomenal performance of the women biker contingent of the CRPF.
- A spectacular ‘All Round Defence’ was showcased by the Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi, Sujata Goswami, and 5 of her teammates.
- The Head Constable Asha Kumari and her team presented the daredevil act of ‘Rolling on the Beam’.
- As part of the tradition, the Republic Day Parade ‘Trishul Formation’ in the sky was formed by Su-30 MKIs while the ‘Vic Formation’ was made by ALH Helicopters.
- The tableaux of the Central Public Works Department showcased a scene of Dal Lake and Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh.
- In the tableaux of Madhya Pradesh, the model of the Tribal Museum of the State was presented.
- Kullu Dushehra was the theme of the tableaux of Himachal Pradesh.
- The anti-satellite missile under Mission Shakti was presented by DRDO and gained a huge attraction of the people.
- The men's contingent was led by the captain Taina Shergill. It was for the first time when a woman was leading the men contingent on Republic Day.
- The tableau of Goa was based on the theme of ‘Save the Frogs’.
- For the first time, Jammu & Kashmir became part of the celebration as a Union Territory. The theme of its tableau was ‘Back to Village’.
Republic Day Parade – Route and Essential Information
The Republic Day parades take place at the Rajpath in New Delhi. The route taken by the parade spans five kilometers - from Raisina Hills near President’s House (Rashtrapati Bhavan), through India Gate, and up to the Red Fort.
Before you purchase tickets for Republic Day Parade it’s essential that you go through some essential conditions mandated by the government –
- You are expected to arrive on time and leave only when the President, Vice President, and the Prime Minister have departed.
- Children below the age of 10 are allowed to seat separately on Dari (carpet), and under no circumstances, adults too share the carpet.
- It is not allowed to carry bags, suitcases, cameras, tape recorders, water bottles, knives, cigarettes, etc to the venue.
- It is advised to carry any valid ID cards to establish identity whenever needed.
- Though the reserved seats are placed closer to the main stage, whereas the unreserved seat is occupied on a first-come-first-served basis.
Republic Day Parade 2021 Tickets and Passes
You can buy tickets from any of the ticket outlets opened by the government, especially for the purpose. There is no option of any online sale of tickets neither for the Republic Day parade nor for the Beating Retreat Ceremony. You must carry a valid ID card (Aadhar, PAN, etc) with you, to buy the tickets from any of the authorized outlets.
The denominations of the tickets for the Republic Day Parade are Rs 500, Rs 100, Rs 20, and for and Beating Retreat Ceremony are Rs 50, Rs 20 respectively. The tickets with price Rs. 500 are only for the reserved seats, and the tickets of other prices are for all unreserved seats.
The Republic Day Parade tickets were available at 8 ticket sales counter mentioned below:
- Pragati Maidan (Gate Number 1)
- Jantar Mantar (Main Gate)
- India Gate Hexagon (Near Jamnagar House)
- Red Fort (Inside 15th August Park and opposite Jain temple)
- Shastri Bhawan (Near Gate No 3)
- North Block Round About
- Sena Bhawan (Gate No 2)
- Parliament House – only for the Members of Parliament
Republic Day tickets were on sale at all the above counters from 7th January 2020 to 25th January 2020 in forenoon 10:00 Hrs to 12:30 Hrs and from 14:00 Hrs to 16:30 Hrs.
The tickets for the Beating Retreat ceremony were on sale from 27th to 28th January 2020 in two-time slots – Forenoon 10:00 Hrs to 12:30 Hrs and afternoon from 14:00 Hrs to 15:00 Hrs.
Some more useful information about the Ticket Counters are given below-
- The ticket counter at Sena Bhawan was opened until 19:00 Hrs from 23rd January to 25th January.
- All the ticket counters were open only in the afternoon on January 23rd due to the full dress rehearsal.
- No ticket counters were open neither any tickets are sold on Republic Day.
- On 28th January at 15:00 Hrs all the ticket counters were closed due to the rehearsal of the Beating Retreat ceremony.
How to Reach the Republic Day Venue
India Gate is at walking distance from the metro stations Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, and Janpath. The walk is like a comfortable stride on a wide footpath alongside a wide road lined with plush residents of senior administrators. However, it is advised that you check beforehand for any changes made in the running status of metro trains for security reasons. It is possible that the services on a few routes may be suspended temporarily. Also, the security check is very rigorous so it is advisable to not carry excess baggage and banned items, else you will be denied entrance to the venue.
Information about Republic Day Parade
In the morning the Prime Minister of India accompanied by the Chiefs of all three forces of the Indian military – Army, Air Force, and Navy, visits India Gate and pays floral wreath to the fallen war soldiers. A silence of two minutes is also observed by all present in the honor of the martyrs.
After honoring the fallen war soldiers, the Prime Minister heads to the stage at Rajpath, Delhi from where he along with other VIPs will watch the proceedings of the parade. Usually, the Defence Minister of India along with the three chiefs of Armed Forces receives the Prime Minister. Soon after the Prime Minister, the First Lady of India arrives and is received by the Prime Minister, followed by the Hon’ble President and the Chief Guest.
The President then unfurls the National Flag which is immediately followed by the 21 gun salute carried out by the artillery division of the Indian Army. Everyone present, not only on the dais but also the members of the common public stands up in the honor of National Flag and sing National Anthem.
The President then presents the gallantry awards to the members of the armed forces or their relatives in case the medal is being awarded posthumously. Thereafter begins the parade with the contingents of Indian Military forces and Paramilitary forces displaying their manual strength and attack-defense machinery like tanks, artillery guns, helicopters, radars and communication systems, etc. The display of forces infuses confidence in the Indian masses that the safety of the nation is secure in the hands of our capable and efficient defense forces.
The display of strength by the forces is followed by the parade organized by the school children from different corners of the country. At last, there is a procession of various interesting tableau by the different states of India.
Republic Day Parade in Other Indian Cities
It is not possible for everyone to travel to New Delhi and be physically present to witness the gala proceedings of the Republic Day parade. Don’t get disheartened, as you can always watch the live streaming of the events on Doordarshan or on several other channels.
But if you still feel like being a part of the celebrations and watch a real parade and march past by forces, you can head to your State’s capital city. A parade is organized in every state capital in which the contingents of police and other armed forces deployed in the state take part. The Governor of the state or the Chief Minister usually takes the salute.
Many schools and colleges also participate in the Republic Day parade with children arranging march-past and playing bands in front of eager audiences.
Such parades are also organized in every city of the country in places like district headquarter and police ground. Senior administrative and police officers of the district take the salute.
Significance of the Republic Day Parade
The Republic Day of India is a significant National event that is observed throughout the country in all the states and UTs with patriotism and nationalistic zeal. It reminds the people of India that they are free and are masters of their own destiny. Together we, have to pave the path of the nation’s progress to growth and prosperity.
The day marks the commemoration of the Constitution of India, which is the supreme law governing the nation. It was on the same date (26th January) in 1950 that the people of India got their own Constitution superseding the Government of India Act 1935. Since that day, India became an independent and self-governed Dominion. It also reminds us of the privileges that have been provided to us by the Constitution. We must value our constitution and always abide by its words and spirit.
The Republic Day Parade signifies the freedom and strength of the nation. The tableaux of different states and Union Territories display the religious and cultural vibrancy of India, also asserting the fact that people of different religions, cultures, and linguistic lining, live in peace and harmony.
The display of military capabilities and might of India’s Defence Forces – Army, Air Force, and Navy, sends a message to the masses that the nation is safe in the hands of our capable and technically advanced forces.
Also, the parade by other para-military forces and security establishment infuses confidence in the masses of the nation, regarding their safety and well being. Republic Day parade also serves as a warning for anyone who has plans for disrupting the unity and integrity of India.