Community makes 10th India Day Parade of Long Island a super success

Hicksville, NY: Huge crowds, several floats and marching groups, scores of lawmakers and dignitaries and exciting entertainment added to the patriotic fervor for the motherland in the only parade in New York state to celebrate India’s landmark 75th Independence Day.

Held under the banner of India Day Parade (IDP) USA, all sections of the Indian community joined hands for the annual parade in Hicksville now in its 10th year.

People weathered intermittent rain to take part in the parade that wound its way from Patel Brothers plaza (where dignitaries addressed India lovers)  on South Broadway to Asa Mai Hindu temple where the entertainment stage was set up.

The Grand Marshalls this time were Consul General of India, Ambassador  Randhir Jaiswal, Bollywood star Ileana D’Cruz, and Dr Jay Sarkar, philanthropist, entrepreneur and life consultant.

The highlights of the IDP parade, according to its President  Deepak Bansal, included a record number of dignitaries participating. Among them one score were elected officials including New York State Comptroller Thoams DiNapoli, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran,  State Senator Kevin Thomas,  Supervisor of Town of Oyster Bay Joseph Saladino, Town of Hempstead Clerk Kate Murray, New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and County legislator  Rose Walker.

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