Tri-state India Day Parades

The Indian Flag is raised at the Capitol Bulding in Hartford, CT (Photo via News India Times)

The 37th India Day Parade won’t be held in Manhattan until August 20, but numerous earlier celebrations have already taken place around the tri-state area, reports Ruchi Vaishnav in News India Times. The festivities mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence day, which falls on August 15.

One of the largest was the 13th India Day Parade held along Oak Tree Road in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ on August 13. Representatives of the Indian Business Association said thousands attended and enjoyed the Bollywood patriotic hits and floats. Among the official attendees were…

…former Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, both candidates for New Jersey Governor, along with several other elected officials including legislators, freeholders and mayors.

Edison Mayor Tom Lankey administered the oath of office to IBA Vice President Mahesh Bhagia, who has been appointed as Special Assistant to the Mayor for Edison Township.
“It was a historic moment” said Manher Shah, a trustee for IBA.

Also in NJ the 8th annual India Day Parade was held along the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Meanwhile at the Capitol Building in Hartford, CT, Gov. Dannel Malloy and State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan helped raise the flag of India at the celebration sponsored by The India Association of Central Connecticut. And in Harrisburg, PA there was a day-long celebration sponsored by The Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania. A small parade was held Aug. 12 in Queens, organized by the Floral Park/Bellerose Indian Merchants Association.

For more on all these parades, as well as details on the route and expected guests for the Aug. 20 parade, go to News India Times.

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