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Republic Day Parade Will Be Shorter With Smaller Marching Contingents | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Republic Day Parade will be shorter this year, with smaller marching contingents and fewer cultural performances, as well as strict social distancing protocols for a reduced number of spectators on Rajpath on January 26.
However, the “general traditional character” of the parade, showcasing the country’s military might and cultural diversity, “will remain” despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said Sunday. A contingent of the Bangladeshi armed forces, incidentally, will also participate in the parade in view of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 1971 liberation war. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the main guest.
“The parade will start from Vijay Chowk, as usual, but will culminate in the National Stadium instead of ending in the Red Fort. Therefore, it will cover a distance of 3.3 km compared to the normal 8.2 km,” he said. An official. Only around 25,000 spectators will be able to witness the parade compared to the average 1.3 lakh people each year. “Children under the age of 15 and the elderly with comorbidities will not be allowed,” the official said.

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