Chicago: Under the leadership of its President Rajesh Patel, the Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago organized a stunning parade on Devon Avenue to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. Niranjan Shah’s daughter Smita Shah marshaled the parade.
Congressman Danny Davis who participated in the Parade addressing the Community from the Grand Stand said: “I wish India and Indian Community a very happy India Independence Day and congratulate the organizers for this exceptionally beautiful parade.”
Highlighting the significance of the current year’s Parade, President Rajesh Patel stated, “Today’s Parade receded into history the ghastly memories of community’s sufferings from the preceding Covid-19 pandemic.”
Patel also thanked Chicago Police for assisting the organizers in the smooth run of the parade. He appreciated the support from the business community that has just recovered from the adverse impact of the Covid-19.
Miss India USA Miss Popular 2021, and also Miss India Florida 2021 Khushi Patel was the star attraction at the parade.
Ismaili Community’s famous pipe-band was the vanguard of the parade. Maharashtra Mandal’s troupe with its bombastic lazim attracted maximum applause all along the route. Majestic float of the Metropolitan Asian Family Services went past the stand roaring “Bharat Mata Ki Jai.” Other organizations whose floats marched past the Grand Stand included: VHP, and Sardar Patel Foundation.
US Congressman Danny Davis, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Senator Ram Vallivalam, Mayor Jassal Patel, Mayor of Moline Sangeetha Rayapati, Maine County Trustee Asif Malik, and Illinois State Rep Denyse Wang Stoneback graced the event.