PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. President Jacob Zuma accompanied by his wife MaNtuli take the salute ahead of the State of the Nation address on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg

Members of the various defence force units marched on the route while the Cape Town Highlanders also made their annual appearance.

Steel-mesh barricades kept the crowds at arms length while police and traffic officers were posted at various points.

The sound of trumpets and drums echoed through the streets of the city.