The main attraction to the spectators is the cultural pageants of different States and folk dances of the tribal. The school children also march and dance for a short distance. The jets and helicopters blaze the sky and throw rose petals on the spectators and the processionists. Finally, gas balloons presenting the colors of the tricolor are released in the sky.
Some of the important buildings like the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Central Secretariat and the India Gate are tastefully illuminated at night. There is the beat of the retreat on 27th January when the tribal and others return to their home states.