Chennai: A rich tableaux of floats depicting the various welfare measures and populist schemes of the government, and pageantry marked the patriotic fervour filled 69th Republic Day celebrations in Tamilnadu on Friday.
At a colourful function in front of the tastefully decorated Gandhi statue at Marina Beach, Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurled the National Flag and took the salute at the ceremonial march past.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami presented the Anna Medal for Gallantry, the Kottai Ameer Award for Communal Harmony, Gandhi Adigal Police Medals and the Special Award by the Agriculture department to a farmer, who obtained the highest yield in the State under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) cultivation method of paddy.
After the customary introduction of the officials of the Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard and Police department, Purohit unfurled the National Tricolour. It was followed by a IAF helicopter showering petals on the function venue.
The Governor took the salute at the ceremonial march past in which contingents of the Army, Navy, Army Band and personnel from Central and State security agencies participated.
The defence forces showcased their might by displaying the T-90 battle tanks, besides, ships and helicopters.
A carnival of school and college students and cultural programmes including the various dance forms of several States and folk dances of Tamilnadu organised by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Information and Public Relations department added colour to the Republic Day fete.
In all 16 departments took part in the pageantry of floats highlighting various welfare schemes of the government.
The float displayed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Department was adjudged as the best float at the parade and it was followed by the floats of Higher Education and the Information and Public Departments.
Elsewhere in the State and in the districts, the Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour. Collectors hoisted the National Flag in their respective districts and inspected the Guard of Honour.