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January 26 marks the day in 1950 when India adopted its constitution, after gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. On this day, ceremonious parades take place at the Rajpath, which are performed as a tribute to India.

In 2014, on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day, the Protocol Department of the Government of Maharashtra held its first parade on the lines of the Delhi Republic Day parade along the entire stretch of Marine Drive in Mumbai.

The Republic Day parade is a pomp-filled spectacle that combines the Soviet-style showcasing of military hardware with carnival-style floats featuring tribal dancers and traditional music.

Columns of uniformed troops will march down New Delhi’s broad Rajpath avenue as helicopters shower the crowds with petals.

Every year, India hosts the leader of a foreign country as chief guest for the parade. Obama is the first US president to be guest of honour.

On Monday President Barack Obama becomes the first American president to preside as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade, an annual spectacle that celebrates the country’s democracy by showcasing its cultural diversity and military might. Before Mr. Obama leaves New Delhi Tuesday, the U.S. and India will have announced a slew of agreements spanning everything from nuclear energy and weapons manufacturing to intelligence sharing. In short, it’s springtime for U.S-India relations.

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