The Republic Day parade is the largest parade practised in India. The parade takes place every year on 26 January at Rajpath, New Delhi and lasts for 3 days.
The president unfurls the National flag, as National Anthem and 21-gun salute play and important awards are given away by the President followed by the march past.
Nine to twelve different regiments of the Indian Army in addition to the Navy, and Air Force with their bands march past in all their finery and official decorations.
The President of India the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. Twelve contingents of various para-military forces and civil forces take part in this parade.
One of the unique sights of the parade is the camel mounted Border Security Force contingent, which is the only camel mounted military force in the world.
The best N.C.C. cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event, as do the school children from various schools in the capital.
Upto 30 floats exhibiting the cultures of the states and union territories of India, including floats of state enterprises are in the grand parade, which is broadcast nationwide.
Around 1200 schoolchildren present cultural dances as part of the parade.
The 2016 Republic Day marked the return of K-9 Dog Squad to the parade after 26 years.
The parade traditionally ends with dare devil motor cycle riding display by motorcycle units of the Armed Forces and civil security services and a flypast by the Indian Air Force jets and helicopters
The ministry of defence recommends that tableaux represent a historical event, heritage, culture and environment. The tableaux must not carry any logos and should carry some sound.
The Indian Beating Retreat ceremony officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities, performed by the bands of the three wings of the military, Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
In 2016, French Army soldiers and Band took part in the Republic Day parade. This marked the first that a foreign army contingent marched down the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.