The parade was led by General Officer Commanding (Delhi area) Lt. Gen. V. K. Pillai. All participating formations proudly marched past the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, President Pratibha Patil, who took the salute.
The chief guest at this year's parade was Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh and top political and military brass.
Earlier, police and other paramilitary forces turned Delhi into a a virtual fortress for the Republic Day celebrations.
Image: President Pratibha Patil with chief guest Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra leaves after 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday, January 26, 2012