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Indian school children pose for a photograph with the national flag during an event to mark Republic Day in Amritsar on January 26,2018.
India is marking its 69th Republic Day. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU — AFP or licensors

India marks 69th Republic Day with colourful parade

India's Constitution came into effect in 1950. The celebrations included aerial displays and floats from Indian states.
Published Jan 26, 2018 07:55pm

India on Friday celebrated 69th Republic Day to mark the anniversary of its national constitution taking effect.

Marching bands, floats, camels and stunt performers on motorbikes were paraded from the president's palace through the tree-lined roads of central Delhi. Flags of the Southeast Asian group of countries also fluttered at the 90-minute parade. The celebrations also included aerial displays and floats from Indian states.

India's Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. Leaders from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia were invited by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties.

A Kashmiri performer takes part in a Republic Day parade in Srinagar.—AFP
A Kashmiri performer takes part in a Republic Day parade in Srinagar.—AFP

Indian PM Modi welcomes Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she arrives to attend India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian PM Modi welcomes Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she arrives to attend India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian school children perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian school children perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian performers take part in an event to mark Republic Day in Amritsar.—AFP
Indian performers take part in an event to mark Republic Day in Amritsar.—AFP

Indian volunteers walk alongside a tableau holding the national flags of the ASEAN countries during the Republic Day Parade.—AFP
Indian volunteers walk alongside a tableau holding the national flags of the ASEAN countries during the Republic Day Parade.—AFP

Indian school children perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian school children perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

The Indian Border Security Force women’s motorcycle team 'Seema Bhawani' performs in New Delhi.—AFP
The Indian Border Security Force women’s motorcycle team 'Seema Bhawani' performs in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian labourers watch as the EIR 21, the world's oldest working steam locomotive, takes part in an event to mark Republic Day in Chennai.—AFP
Indian labourers watch as the EIR 21, the world's oldest working steam locomotive, takes part in an event to mark Republic Day in Chennai.—AFP

Indian school students perform a peacock dance during Republic Day celebration in Chennai.—AFP
Indian school students perform a peacock dance during Republic Day celebration in Chennai.—AFP

Indian school students perform a 'Karagattam' folk dance during Republic Day celebration in Chennai.—AFP
Indian school students perform a 'Karagattam' folk dance during Republic Day celebration in Chennai.—AFP

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes photos.—AFP
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes photos.—AFP

Shwetha Ashwas of the Indian Military Police performs stunts during Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore.—AFP
Shwetha Ashwas of the Indian Military Police performs stunts during Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore.—AFP

Indian Border Security Force bikers perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian Border Security Force bikers perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian school students perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian school students perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian school students perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian school students perform during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian Cadets from the National Cadet Corps contingent march during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP
Indian Cadets from the National Cadet Corps contingent march during India's 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.—AFP

Indian students exercise during an event to mark Republic Day in Jalandhar.—AFP
Indian students exercise during an event to mark Republic Day in Jalandhar.—AFP

India cultural artists perform at Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi.—AP
India cultural artists perform at Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi.—AP

Indian school children dressed in traditional costumes perform during Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore.—AP
Indian school children dressed in traditional costumes perform during Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore.—AP

A member of Assam police  jumps through a fire wheel as he performs a motorcycle stunt during India's Republic Day celebrations in Gauhati, India.—AP
A member of Assam police jumps through a fire wheel as he performs a motorcycle stunt during India's Republic Day celebrations in Gauhati, India.—AP

A tableaux featuring Mahatma Gandhi moves through Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi.—AP
A tableaux featuring Mahatma Gandhi moves through Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi.—AP

People protest near Indian Embassy in Islamabad to express solidarity with Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir.—AP
People protest near Indian Embassy in Islamabad to express solidarity with Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir.—AP