The South Asian Times

17 September 2019 20:54 PM

Long Island's Little India holds 4th parade in a row

Hicksville, NY: On a beautiful Sunday morning, the town of Hicksville Route 107 Broadway and its surroundings were emblazoned with saffron, white and green. Tricolor flags, balloons and decorations on the stores and in Patel Brothers Plaza abounded for the fourth consecutive India Day Parade organized by IDPUSA on Aug 9 in what has come to be known as Little India of Long Island.

Hundreds walked down South Broadway and hundreds more assembled at the parking lot across the Asa Mai Hindu temple  for the official program where citations and awards were presented to the honorees.

Several elected officials and dignitaries such as Congresswoman Grace Meng, County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judy Bosworth, several councilmen, legislators and judges were present to greet and support the Indian American community celebrating  India’s 69th Independence Day.  They lauded contributions of the Indian community to the fabric of American society.  

Grand Marshall Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra (veteran of 25 films and a Taekwondo champ) , Chief Guest of Honor Nina Davuluri (Miss America 2014), joined elected officials and community leaders for the parade. This year’s theme was “Women Empowerment & the Next Generation,” an issue addressed by Davuluri in her speech. A unique addition this year was the sponsors came in their special cars decorated in tricolors. Several marching groups, floats, band and cars made the parade a great success.

Parade Chairpersons Indu Jaiswal and Beena Kothari, with the help of their team, volunteers, supporters and sponsors, coordinated the participation.

The East Barclay Street grand stage saw an enthralling cultural program, music and dances from various schools and Sonali Vyas School of Dance. There were also many booths, food stalls  and an activity area for children.

Parade founders Bobby Kumar and Kamlesh Mehta thanked everyone present for their continued support.
On Aug 10, IDPUSA held the Gala Diner Reception at North Ritz Country Club in Syosset to honor and thank all sponsors and honorees. Senior Councilman Anthony Santino, Town of Hempstead Clerk Nasreen Ahmed, Grand Marshall Neetu Chandra, actresses Madalsa Sharma and Karishma Tanna attended. Entertainment for the evening presented by Arya Dance Academy was enjoyed by all.

These were honored for contributions to community:

Mrs. Sharda Kotahwala, President Royal India USA Inc

Naveen C Shah, President and CEO, Navika Group of Companies

Mrs. Kirti Shukla, Microbiologist

Dr. Raj Bhayani, ENT Surgeon

Dr Vaijnath Chakote, President Elect of AAPI-QLI

Parvin Kapadia, Founder of BAL Sanskar Shala

Dr Vijay Chhabra, Internist

Peter Bheddah, Businessman-turned-Humanitarian

Update: 17 Aug, 2015