India's 66th Republic Day parade took place on a cold and soggy Monday morning was one for the record books: Barack Obama becoming the first United States President to be chief guest at the event, he spent the longest time in the open air that he had ever done overseas (45 minutes), and the marchpast down Rajpath included the first all-women contingents of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Modi sported a tri-color turban and shades.

President Pranab Mukherjee was dressed much more sensibly. 

When the dignitaries arrived at Rajpath for the Republic Day Parade, they were greeted by raindrops.

Modi,  Obama, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari refusing to let a little drizzle get them down. (via PIB)

Someone had to make a decision if the umbrellas should come out,  whether the guests should be holding their own. 


But the parade really kicked off when the tableaux put on by various states and government entities rolled out. Make in India













 Government schemes

Beyond the floats, Twitter users went on about VIPs and much more.

Finally, some people seemed to have been very concerned about President Obama and the gum he was chewing.