First Republic Day parade of India at Rajpath 26 January in 1950 The parade marches from the Rashtrapati Bhawan along the Rajpath, until the India Gate. It opens with the unfurling of the national flag by the President of India. This is followed by marching from several regiments of the army, navy, and air force, along with their bands. Tableau from various states signifying their culture are displayed. A beating retreat ceremony signifies the end of the parade.