The South Asian Times

17 September 2019 20:55 PM

1st India Day Parade in Long Island set to roll Aug 11

Vikas Girdhar

Hicksville, NY: Representatives of over 100 Indian community organizations cutting across region, religion, language or political ideology joined distinguished guests here Thursday to announce the inaugural Long Island India Day Parade on August 11 in Hicksville. Organizers of the parade celebrating India’s Independence Day (akin to the parades in Manhattan and New Jersey) expressed great excitement for the huge accomplishment.


The procession will begin at 1 p.m. on August 11 from Patel Brothers and wind down Broadway for one mile on Route 107 to the Asa Mai Hindu Temple on E. Barclay St. There will be about 25 floats, marching bands, and dance troupes depicting India’s culture and traditions. The announcement of a celebrity Grand Marshall is expected soon. A review stand will be set up along the way for the Grand Marshal and invited dignitaries.

An estimated 10,000 people are expected to participate and enjoy the illustrious heritage of Motherland India. There will be daylong cultural programs along with food and shopping stalls at the parking lot opposite the Hindu temple. The theme of the parade will be Celebrating Democracy and Unity and all will carry flags of both India and America. “It has been quite an ambitious step to bring the whole Indian community together on one platform,” said the organizers.

Committee members who spoke at the kick-off meeting included Animesh Goenka, Gobind Munjal, Indu Jaiswal, Kamlesh Mehta, Mohinder Taneja and Mala Bakshi.

Hicksville has been chosen as the venue because it has become a magnet for the growing Indian community and businesses in the area. The annual parade will help make the town grow further as Little India on Long Island.

Besides the August 11 parade, on August 15, there will be a flag-hoisting ceremony in front of the prestigious Nassau County Legislative & Executive Building in Mineola. The beautiful dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Building will be illuminated with Indian flag colors in the evening. For the finale a gala dinner will be held on August 17 at SUNY campus, Old Westbury. A souvenir journal marking India’s 66th Independence Day will be released at the function.

The kickoff meeting was held at the premises of the All-American Political Party, on whose behalf Bobby Kumar Kalotee welcomed all attendees.


--Indo-Asian News Service


Update: 14 July, 2012