As a kid, I was always excited about the Republic Day parades on TV. The colourful tableaux of states and departments, the march-past, the folk dances, it was such a treat to watch. This seems like the perfect opportunity to recollect some of the iconic Republic Day images over the years.

1. First Republic Day Flypast, 1950.

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2. Machine symbol in the Republic Day Parade, 1952 depicts growing industrial development in India.

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3. Uttar Pradesh tableaux depicting Shakuntala, 1956.

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4. Ganga Jaisalmer Risala, Camel Corps, in the Republic Day Parade, 1956.

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5. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru presented awards to Harish and Avinash Kaur. They were the first recipients of the awards for outstanding courage and social work in 1958.

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6. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Republic Day Parade, 1959.

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7. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi participated in a dance performance by folk dancers from Rajasthan, in Republic Day Parade, 1970.

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8. Tanks in the Republic Day Parade, 1973.

9. The surface-to-air missile displayed for the first time in the Republic Day Parade 1973.

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10. Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma at the Republic Day Parade, 1985.

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11. Indian Army members on camels stand guard near the Rashtrapati Bhavan for beating retreat, 1990.

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12. Nelson Mandela at the Republic day Parade, 1995.

13. The Prithvi missile during the 47th Republic Day parade in 1996.

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14. Kargil War tableaux at the Republic Day Parade, 2000.

15. A BSF personnel displaying his skill on a motorcycle during the Republic Day Parade, 2006.

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16. BrahMos on display for the first time during the Republic Day Parade, 2009.

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I cannot wait to see what this year has to offer.