The South Asian Times

18 March 2018 11:44 AM

LI's India Day Parade to do one better than last year

By Parveen Chopra

Hicksville, NY: The organizers of the second India Day Parade of Long Island (IDP) held a kick-off meeting July 17 to share details of the bigger and grander parade in Hicksville on August 11 celebrating India’s 66th anniversary of Independence.

This year over 25,000 people are expected to march with the parade or witness it wind down South Broadway from Patel Brothers Plaza. 15 floats and 25 booths have already been booked. People can also expect an entertaining cultural program.

Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley, the Guest of Honor of the 2013 IDP, was introduced at the kickoff by Bobby Kumar, co-Founder of IDP and complimented by other speakers as the backbone of IDP for his networking skills. Bobby Kumar said Ms Cooley’s participation will add ‘East Meets West’ factor to the parade and build bridges between Indian and other communities. “She has committed to be present throughout the parade and even sing a few songs,” he informed.

The tall beauty from North Carolina who is a member of the BQ Girls pop/R&B group, sang a few lines and said she was excited and honored to take part in the parade.  

Kamlesh Mehta, also a co-founder of IDP, recounted how the parade became a reality last August with the support of dozens of community organizations after the idea was in the air for some years.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will again walk in the lead at the parade like last year.

Indu Jaiswal is the Chairperson IDP and Harendra Singh a co-Founder.

Key volunteers & committee chairs include Flora Parekh, Sunita Sadhnani, Mala Bakshi, Dr Sukhwinder Ranu, Ajay Batra, Vijay Goswamy, Ashok Varshney, Dr Parveen Chopra, Animesh Goenka, Jaya Bahadkar, Tina Shah, Rajesh Kumar and Gobind Munjal. 

Patel Brothers, Air India are Lotus Management Group are Grand Sponsors. Antun's by Minar, Glamorous Event Planners, MetLife and The South Asian Times are Platinum Sponsors. 

Update: 19 July, 2013