India did not leave a stone unturned when it flaunted its military forces in front of the American President Barack Obama in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. Despite the rain, which dampened the event a bit, the spirit of Republic was not faded or washed off when the parade walked past the dignitaries in stage.
Obama was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, vice president Mohd Hamid Ansari for the 66th Republic Day celebrations in the Capital. The US president, who was dressed in a black suit became the first ever US president to witness the Indian Republic Day parade which was held on the second day of his visit.
The parade treated the dignitaries with some colourful performances performed by school students from Delhi, stunts performed by the Border Security Force as it celebrated golden jubilee in 2015, folk dances from some of the western states in India and tableaus from various states from India. Obama was seen nodding with appreciation on many occasions and performances especially with the BSF men formed a human pyramid on moving bikes.
The US president arrived in his highly secured bomb proof vehicle known as The Beast on the venue. Obama was welcomed by the spectators with a loud cheer as he stepped out of his limousine. The finale of the parade saw a spectacular show by the Indian Air Force as it left a smoke trail representing the Indian flag.
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