26TH JAN, 2024
The parade, held in the capital, Delhi, went through the avenue of Kartavya Path (Path of Duty), formerly known as the Rajpath, which connects many important landmarks in the city. It culminated at the Red Fort, a 7th Century monument, about 7km (4.3 miles away).
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in a colonial-era open air chariot for the celebrations
Part of the parade is a display of the country's cultural heritage as well as its military might. For the first time, an all-women contingent of army, air force and the navy also marched in the parade.
The themes for the parade were 'Viksit Bharat' (developed India) and 'Bharat - Loktantra Ki Matruka' or India - the mother of democracy.
A tableaux of India's Uttar Pradesh state inspired by Ayodhya's new Ram temple at the parade.
Dancers from various states perform at the parade every year.