The South Asian Times

17 September 2019 21:50 PM

Long Island's 3rd India Day Parade held in Hicksville

By Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan

Hicksville: The Indian community in Long Island celebrated India’s 68th Independence Day with a grand parade here on August 9.

The India Day Parade (IDP) started at noon from Patel Brothers’ parking lot festooned brightly with  tricolor flags. The women dressed in a rainbow of saris, salwar-kameez and ghagra-kurtis joined men to ride in decorated floats, or march behind banners proclaiming their groups or clubs.

Beautiful film star Poonam Dhillon was the Grand Marshall even as Bollywood music played all around and marching bands and dancing troupes entertained the onlookers along South Broadway. On reaching Asamai Temple, they were greeted by the Nassau County Chief Executive, Hon. Ed Mangano, his lovely wife Linda, and state and local politicians. Co-founder of the IDP USA Bobby Kalotee was present along with Chairman of the 2014 parade, Peter Bheddah, and Indian American Forum founder Indu Jaiswal.

Among the merry throng, in gorgeous blue, green and pink outfits, were the teen beauty queens, Karishma Malhotra 15, Manjari Parikh 14, representing Miss Teen India New York, and Anika Masand 18, representing Miss India New York.

Around the stage, shopping booths displayed ethnic outfits, jewelry and knick-knacks as well as eateries!

The Indian community in Long Island, which has grown to almost 10,000 families, were treated to several hours of Bollywood numbers, classical dances and cultural performances coordinated by Bolly Arts, managed by Sunita Sadhnani.

Patel Brothers, Bolla Management & Lotus Management were Grand Sponsors of the parade along with several other supporters.

The festivities concluded with a Gala luncheon on August 10 held at Antun’s restaurant in Hicksville, where the IDPUSA 2014 Committee & Grand Marshal Poonam Dhillon honored four individuals for their outstanding contribution to society. Hon. Ed Mangano’s office and Nasrin G. Ahmad, Town Clerk, Town of Hempstead, presented citations to the honorees. The honorees were: Mrs. Kamljit Kaur, who started the Bolla Charity Foundation to support the Wounded Warriors project; Mafat Patel, who started the chain of Patel grocery stores; Rajan Nabe, who owns the Lotus Management group; and community leader Mohinder Taneja.

Mala Bakshi was the Master of Ceremonies for the event coordinated by Flora Parekh and beautifully decorated venue by Glamorous Event Planners.

 Rocking music was provided by DJ Kucha.

Update: 16 Aug, 2014