The parade of the security forces and the cultural pageant of the school children that marked the Independence Day added colour to Kandasurindugama..
The National ceremony held under the patronage of the President. Members of security forces, police and civil defence force participated in the parade. The parade held with the participation of thousands of service personnel displayed the uniqueness of various regiments. A notable feature was the participation of school children in the cultural events representing all communities including Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. The cultural pageant depicted the characteristics of Aadivasi groups and the regional differences.
A large number of people thronged the venue to witness the colourful pageant despite the rains. Ministers, Parliamentarians, Senior Government Officials, Chiefs of the Security Forces and Foreign Diplomats were also present.