Where is the Republic Day Parade in India 2021
India republic day: Don’t be surprised if being in Delhi on January 21, 23, 24, or 26 you see decorated airplanes flying through the skies of the Indian capital. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and more cities are celebrating and are currently rehearsing for the Republic Day Parade.
Still, wondering when to travel to India?
When is Republic Day in India?
The Republic of India Day is celebrated every year on January 26. Its official celebration usually lasts about 3 hours and begins with flag-up at 9 a.m., followed by the Parade.
Where is the Republic Day Parade held?
The Republic Day Parade is held in Delhi, specifically Rajpath, New Delhi’s ceremonial boulevard. Its route – more than five kilometers – begins at Raisina Hill (very close to the Presidential Palace), continues through India Gate, India’s famous Gate, and ends at the Red Fort.
What happens at the Republic Day Parade?
The Parade begins with the arrival of Pranab Mukherjee – the President of India – escorted by horses. The Prime Minister of India deposits a flower offering in Amar Jawan Jyoti, at the Gate of India, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the war. The President raises the tyrant– the National Flag of India – accompanied by the Anthem of India and executes a salvo of 21 cannons. The Parade is led by the three divisions of the armed forces: Army, Navy, and Air Forces where each Indian state is represented by a different float.
This year, the theme of the Parade will be women’s empowerment, and as Guest of Honor will be Barack Obama, the first American leader to attend this Indian celebration.
Republic Day Parade in Other Cities of India
If the celebration surprises you away from Delhi, there are still more options to witness the Republic Day party. Find the crowds in Shivaji Park in central Mumbai or approach Red Road if you plan to spend these days in Kolkata. In Chennai, the two venues are Kamaraj Salai and Marina Beach (one of the largest beaches in the world).