This year’s Republic Day parade will start half an hour later than normal. Because foggy days are expected around January 26, the parade will begin at 10.30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m., according to the Defence Ministry.
“Because it is predicted to be a foggy morning, 10 big LED displays – five on each side of Rajpath – will be built to give a better viewing experience for spectators during the procession,” a senior Defence Ministry official said today.
Before the parade begins, curated videos mixing footage from past Republic Day Parades, short documentaries on the Armed Forces, and stories relating to various events leading up to Republic Day 2022 will be presented. Later, the procession will be broadcast live on the screens.
Due to Covid, the guest list and procession have been shortened this year. Because of the Covid situation in Delhi, about 24,000 people will be permitted to join the Republic Day parade this year.
“Of the approximately 24,000 people who will attend the parade this year, 19,000 will be invited, and the remaining will be regular entry, which may be purchased,” sources stated.
Last year, the parade was held in the midst of the Covid outbreak, and around 25,000 people were permitted to attend.
Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, around 1.25 lakh persons were authorized to march in the 2020 parade.
The parade may not have a foreign dignitary as the principal guest for the second year in a row.
This time, though, there are a lot of firsts in the works.
On January 26, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) will inaugurate a statewide flagship program, ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman,’ as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ to honor the highest sacrifices of the fallen heroes in safeguarding the Nation.