Republic Day Parade of India

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 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 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.
  • All men 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 the part of the celebration as a Union Territory. The theme of its tableau was ‘Back to Village’.

Republic Day Parade 2020 – Route and Essential Information

The Republic Day parades take place at the Rajpath in New Delhi. The route taken by the parade spans for 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 2020 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, knife, cigarettes, etc to the venue.
  • It is advised carrying 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 2020 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 was 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 tickets counters were open neither any tickets are sold on Republic Day.
  • On 28th January by 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 a 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 the entrance to the venue.

Highlights of the Republic Day Parade 2019

The highlights of the Republic Day Parade of the previous year i.e. 2019 are presented below in bulleted points.

  • Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa was the Chief Guest on the 70th Republic Day of India.
  • Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi of the Indian Army’s Services Corp (ASC) was the first woman officer leading the ASC contingent comprising of 144 male personnel in the 70th Republic Day Parade in 2019.
  • The daredevil team of Indian Armed Forces which performs several difficult stunts on moving motorcycles also had a woman officer in the 2019 performances.
  • Another lady officer, Major Khushboo Kanwar led the all-women contingent of the Assam Rifles in the 2019 Republic Day Parade.
  • Bhagmal, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh, and Parmanad – the four veterans of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA), all aged above 95 were driven down Rajpath in an open jeep on the occasion of Republic Day Parade.
  • Indian Army displayed the newly inducted artillery Gun M777 A2 and T9 Vajra Tank in the Republic Day parade.
  • The tableau of the central Maharashtra state depicting the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the first prize.
  • The tableaux of Assam and Chhattisgarh were awarded the second and third prize respectively.
  • The best marching contingent trophy was presented to the contingent from the Army’s Punjab regiment.

Information about Republic Day Parade

In the morning the Prime Minister of India accompanied by the Chiefs of all three forces of 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 stand up in the honor of National Flag and sing National Anthem.

The President then presents the gallantry awards to the members of 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 the 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 which 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 religion, culture, 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.