PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014.  Minister Vatiswa Bam-Mugwamya making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday.  Picture Ian Landsberg
PARLIAMENT.Cape Town. 17.6.2014. Minister Vatiswa Bam-Mugwamya making her way into Parliament on the red carpet at the State of the Nation on Tuesday. Picture Ian Landsberg
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
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
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
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
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event:  Helen Zille and her spokesperson,  Ntomboxolo Makoba. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Helen Zille and her spokesperson, Ntomboxolo Makoba. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-Julius Malema crosses the red carpet at the SONA event. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-Julius Malema crosses the red carpet at the SONA event. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event:  Nodiyala and Mandla Mandela. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Nodiyala and Mandla Mandela. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Ansie and Beyers Smit. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: Ansie and Beyers Smit. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event:  DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Cape Town-140617-On the red carpet at the SONA event: DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams

The State of the nation address had the usual fanfare, presented some curious onlookers a spectacle and gave others a chance to showcase their taste in fashion.

Thousands of spectators lined the pavements along the route that President Jacob Zuma's motorcade took to Parliament.

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