What to expect at the Republic Day Parade in 2023

The parade's chief guest will be Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

The Republic Day parade, which will begin at around 10 30 am, will be a unique mix of the country’s military acumen and cultural diversity, depicting the country’s growing indigenous capabilities. Building on last year’s celebrations, the Republic Day celebration this year will showcase zeal. Full enthusiasm, and ‘Jan Bhagidari,’ as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the 75th year of Independence.

The parade’s chief guest-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The week-long festivities began on January 23, the birthday of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

The Culmination

The celebrations will culminate on January 30, which is Martyrs’ Day. The Vande Bharatam group of dancers from across the country will perform, as will tales of bravery by Veer Gatha 2.0 participants. Tuneful performances by school bands at the National War Memorial, the first-ever e-invitations, the largest-ever drone show, and 3-D anamorphic projection.

The Republic Day parade, which would begin at around 1030 am. It will be a unique mix of the country’s military prowess and culturally diverse, depicting the country’s growing indigenous capabilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial.

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Following that, the prime minister and other dignitaries will salute dais on Kartavya Path to observe the parade.

President Saluting Parade

The national flag will be unfurled, followed by the national anthem and a booming 21-gun salute, as is customary.

It replaces the vintage 25-pounder gun, reflecting Aatmanirbharta’s growing role in defense. The 105 Helicopter Unit’s four Mi-17 1V/V5 helicopters will rain flower petals on the audience at Kartavya Path.

The parade will begin with the President saluting. Lieutenant General Dhiraj Seth, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, will lead the parade. The Parade Second-in-Command will be Major General Bhavnish Kumar, Chief of Staff, HQ Delhi Area. The recipients of the highest gallantry awards will be announced shortly.

Doordarshan will broadcast cockpit videos during the flypast, as it did last year. The ceremony will conclude with the singing of the national anthem and the release of tri-colored balloons.

In brief- about Republic Day Parade

Every year on January 29, the Vijay Chowk ceremony concludes the four-day Republic Day celebrations. The President of India arrives at the function in a cavalry unit escorted by the ‘President’s Bodyguards’ (PBG).

When the President arrives, the PBG commander orders the unit to perform the National Salute, which is followed by the Massed Musicians playing the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana, and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag on the flagpole. During the ceremony, military bands, pipe and drum bands, buglers, and trumpeters from various Army regiments perform.

The ceremony dates back to the early 1950s, when Major Roberts of the Indian Army created the unique ceremony of display by massed bands. ‘Beating Retreat’ commemorates a centuries-old military tradition in which troops stopped fighting, sheathed their weapons, and withdrew from the battlefield at sunset, returning to their camps. Flags are lowered and colors and standards are cased. The ceremony evokes nostalgia for bygone eras.

The flag hoisting ceremony, followed by a parade showcasing India’s rich cultural heritage and military prowess, is held in New Delhi.

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