Residents of Port Blair Treated to a Spectacular Military Display - International City Parade
As part of Milan 2018 an International City Parade was conducted on 09 March 2018 at Marina Park, Port Blair. The parade showcased the motto of Milan 'Friendship Across the Seas' as school children, Marine Commandos, Para Jumpers, marching contingents and cultural troops stole the hearts and minds of the spectators. Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM, NM (Retd), Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands reviewed the parade, which was witnessed by the local population, crew of visiting ships and foreign delegates. The parade showcased flag trooping, formation flypast, skydiving and motorcycle display by the Dare Devil team, followed by marching contingents from the three Services and Indian Coast Guard and contingents from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Andaman & Nicobar Police and National Cadet Corps also paraded their contingents. Ceremonial bands of the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Andaman & Nicobar Police enthralled the audience with martial music. Tableaus from Andaman & Nicobar Command, Forest Department and Directorate of Shipping Services as also cultural performance by school children added grandeur to the spectacle. The Indian Navy and Indian Air Force Continuity Drill contingent drew applause from the spectators with their precise and heart-stopping moves. The spectacle came to a close with the lowering of the National Flag with the Indian Navy Band performing the sunset ceremony synchronised with illumination of naval ships at anchorage and fireworks.