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Mumbai organises a grand parade at Marine Drive

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Till last year, the Republic Day event washeld at the Shivaji Park ground

New venue: The parade taken out by Bollywood actors in vintage cars along Marine Drive on Sunday. — Photo: Vivek Bendre
New venue: The parade taken out by Bollywood actors in vintage cars along Marine Drive on Sunday. — Photo: Vivek Bendre

For Mumbaikars, the 65th Republic Day celebrations was nothing short of an extravaganza.

Inspired by the parade organised at Rajpath in the national capital, the Marine Drive promenade hosted a similar parade for the first time.

Till last year, the event was held at the Shivaji Park ground in Central Mumbai.

Governor K. Sankarnarayanan hoisted the flag in the picturesque backdrop of the city’s famous C Shape Road, also called the Queen’s Necklace.

Present at the event were Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, his cabinet colleagues and the Police Chief, Satyapal Singh.

Participating in the parade were contingents from the Army and Navy, the Mumbai police, the Central Industrial Security Force, the State Reserved Police Force and the Homeguard, who were cheered by the crowd. In a show of strength, both the armed forces and the local police also put on display their artillery including the famous Bofors guns. The Navy’s Chetak showered petals on the tricolour while its sail boats adorned the Arabian Sea.

Around 25 tableaux were put up by various departments of the State government showcasing achievements and also highlighting issues such as the recently-passed Anti-Black magic Bill. There were also cultural shows exhibiting the vibrant heritage of the State.

The show ended on a thrilling note for the viewers as the picturesque Marine Drive thronged with vintage cars carrying Bollywood celebrities including Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Preity Zinta and Sushmita Sen. However, the police were compelled to resort to lathi charge when the crowd broke the police barricades to reach their stars.

According to the police, over 40,000 people attended the event for which around 2,000 policemen were deployed.

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