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Of umbrellas, caps and patriotic songs (R-Day Sidelights)

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) With the rain playing spoilsport, the dignitaries gathered at Rajpath to witness India’s 66th Republic Day parade were forced to wear caps and take cover under umbrellas and raincoats. US President Barack Obama, the chief guest at the parade, and wife Michelle were seated in a roofless bullet-proof glass enclosure along with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As it started to drizzle, officials with huge, black umbrellas and members of the support staff standing next to them sprang into action. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also held her own umbrella.

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