Republic Day Parade History: Today India is celebrating 74th Republic Day. On the special occasion of Republic Day, a parade is to be organized on Kartavya Path (Delhi). This parade reflects the glory of India. The whole world understands the golden history and willpower of Indians on this day only. This year’s Republic Day parade will also see the biggest drone show in India with 3,500 indigenous UAVs. Simultaneously, a 3D anamorphic projection will be organized during the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony. Let us now tell you about the glory of Republic Day.
History of the parade
We are used to seeing a spectacular parade every year at Rajpath, now called ‘Kartavya Path’, but very few people know that this place became the permanent host of the parade from the year 1955 itself. During those four years from 1950 to 1954, the Republic Day parade was held at the Irwin Stadium (now known as the National Stadium), Kingsway, Red Fort and Ramlila Maidan respectively. The first parade at Rajpath was held in 1955, where the first Governor General of Pakistan, Malik Ghulam Mohammad, was invited as the chief guest.
Parade from 1953 to 2023
The parade of 1953 was held at Ramlila Maidan. At that time folk dance added color to the parade. Fireworks were also done in the parade. In 1956, for the first time, elephants were included in the parade. These elephants were very well decorated.
Flowers showered on spectators in 1959
After this, the government buildings of Delhi were illuminated on the occasion of Republic Day in the year 1958 and Indians celebrated the ‘National Festival’ with great enthusiasm. Then in the year 1959, flowers were showered from helicopters on the spectators who came to watch the parade and in the year 1960, brave children were also included in the parade. These children were brought to the parade by sitting on elephants. In this way, every year something special happened in the parade.
What will be special about this year’s parade?
This time, a unique blend of military prowess and cultural diversity of the country will be seen in the Republic Day parade, which reflects the country’s growing indigenous capabilities, women power and the emergence of ‘New India’. As per tradition, the national flag will be hoisted followed by the national anthem with a 21-gun salute. For the first time ever, a 21-gun salute will be fired from 105 mm Indian field guns. It will replace the old 25-pounder gun, indicating a growing ‘self-reliance’ in defence. Four Mi-17 1V/V5 helicopters of 105 Helicopter Unit will shower flowers on the spectators on duty.