History made at Madison Square with two Guinness Book Records
Guinness World records for the most number of different flags flown simultaneously and the largest ensemble of Damru
Records made to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’
New York: Termed one of the world’s biggest Indian events outside the nation, the annual India Day Parade was held in New York City celebrating India’s 75th anniversary of Independence on August 21. Telugu megastar Allu Arjun was the grand marshal at the parade, which saw an estimated turnout of 150,000 people, both as marchers and as the audience along the route on Madison Avenue.
Accompanied by his wife Allu Sneha and director Harish Sankar, the Pushpa star was greeted by the fans who turned out in large numbers to see him along the route on Madison Avenue. New York’s Mayor Eric Adams, holding aloft an Indian flag, was also among those leading the parade. Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu sparkled in a saree at the India Day Parade.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA NY-NJ-CT) parade also marked the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence as “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” making two Guinness Book World Records: for the most number of different flags flown simultaneously and the largest ensemble of Damru.
FIA president Kenny Desai said, “FIA had in its own way tried to honor India by attempting the records and making our motherland shine in our homeland.”
FIA chairman Ankur Vaidya said that these records are dedicated to the global community. He thanked the community for their support without which the feat would not have been possible.
The wide variety of floats signified the diversity of India as they went by, including trade and business, but also regional floats representing different parts of India represented by various NY organizations.
The event was also attended by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal, and Dilip Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner of NYC Mayor Office for International Affairs.
Allu Arjun was honored by Mayor Eric Adams on Monday as he represented India as the Grand Marshall in the annual Indian day parade. Taking to Instagram, the Pushpa actor shared a post, which he captioned, “It was a pleasure meeting the Mayor of New York City. Very Sportive Gentleman. Thank You for the Honors, Mr. Eric Adams. Thaggede Le!”