Republic Day Parade 2024 | 10 Tips for a Memorable Experience!

The Republic Day parade in New Delhi on 26 January every year is a grand spectacle! This is the day India became a republic in 1950. The day we adopted Indian Constitution – the longest in the world!.
It is always a memorable experience to watch the Republic Day parade. For Poorna, it is nostalgic, and he can relate to the different regiments which participate in the parade. The valour, the history and the colours of these regiments are the stuff stories made of.

The Republic Day Parade in Delhi this year falls on Friday, 26 January 2024.

We will try and answer the following FAQs…..

  • Where can I see the Republic Day parade?
  • How can I buy tickets to the Republic Day parade?
  • Is mobile allowed while watching the Republic Day parade?
  • Where can I park my car for the Republic Day parade?
The misty morning of Delhi enlivened by the lovely martial music and the steps of our soldiers, cadets and young kids in their school uniforms…..
After marching contingents, you always have those lovely tableaux of the different states. The patriotic fervour is to be seen to be believed. A proud moment for every Indian.
We were there a few years back. But we did not take a camera or mobile phone as they are prohibited. However, here are some nice pictures from the Press Information Bureau from the parade we saw two years back.
Here are essential tips to watch the Republic Day in Delhi
  1. If you have any contact in government, get a pass. That is the easy thing to do. As the saying goes, “Beg, Borrow or Steal” and get a pass. It is worth it! We had got the pass through a friend!
  2. Republic Day 2024 Tickets have to be bought online only. Please click this link which will be operational from 11 AM from 06 Jan 24. It should be booked at 9 AM on a daily basis when the window opens as the tickets get sold out very fast – Link for getting tickets for RD Parade 24
  3. Irrespective of the type of tickets you have, reach well in advance to get the best seat. The republic day parade timing is 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM. If you want to get best place and a seat, you should be there by 6 AM when gates open.
  4. Please keep in mind that it will be cold in the morning and cover yourself well with thick wollens. We advise you to wear a mask which will protect you from the chill wind. Also, carry your food/water or eat something before going.
  5. Always carry an ID like a Driving Licence, Aadhaar, PAN card etc. The security staff at the entrance may also ask for it along with your ticket.
  6. Parking is a major challenge. You will be asked to park very far away in dedicated areas. Either you have to walk up to your enclosure or take shuttles. It is a real pain and we also endured it. It is better to come by taxi or Metro.
  7. Please do a dry run or rehearsal on the previous day where you will be parking and where your seat is so that you won’t struggle on the parade day. Please see the seating plan and parking plan on this official Republic Day Parade 2024 website and click Event Guide – Republic Day – Seating Plan – Parking plan https://indianrdc.mod.gov.in/
  8. Mobile phones, cameras, and all other electronic devices are not allowed. There will be strict security checks. Sometimes people take risks and sneak it in. It is your choice.
  9. All entrances are closed before the National Anthem starts. The complete parade will be for two hours. Please make sure you have water and some eat with
  10. Finally, if you don’t get a ticket, don’t forget to watch it on your TV at home! It is spectacular!
The year 2019 was special as had have few women contingent from Assam Rifles – Poorna served in it – leading the parade. Here are few pictures from the rehearsal we have found from Rediff.com
Once again best wishes to everyone on India’s republic day!
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