India Day Parade of Long Island set for August 7, 2022

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Organizers, members, and guests at the June 21, 2022 curtain raiser hosted by IDP USA to announce the date for the India Day Parade in Lone Island which is scheduled for Aug. 7, 2022. Photo: IDP-USA

In celebration of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, India Day Parade (IDP USA) will hold its 12th annual India Day Parade in Hicksville, Long Island on August 7, 2022, it was announced at the curtain raiser on June 21 held at the Nassau County Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, NY.

The event was attended by IDP USA team members, past presidents, community leaders, officials of Nassau County as well as the Town of Oyster Bay.

President of IDP USA Vimal Goyal speaking at the June 21, 2022, curtain raiser for the India Day Parade, in Minneola, New York event. Photo: IDP USA
IDP USA founder Bobby Kalotee with current and past presidents at the June 21, 2022 curtain- raiser in Minneola, NY, to announce India Day Parade in Long Island. Photo: IDP USA

Vimal Goyal, IDP USA president, said that the parade this time will originate from Hicksville Community Center on Carl Street West, and that there was added enthusiasm expected this year with the landmark 75th year of India’s Independence, and the Indian Government initiative Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He recalled the sacrifices of freedom fighters. “How important independence is for a country you can see in Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s aggression,” he pointed out.

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IDP USA Founder Bobby K. Kalotee, chair of Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, in his address praised India’s intellectual force and free thinking and said that nobody could have kept the country in shackles. He also promised full support and protection for the parade on behalf of the Town and County.

The program emceed by Past President Mukesh Modi started with the recital of the Indian and American anthems, followed by the ceremonial lamp lighting.

Ganesh Vandana performed by Angel at the June 21, 2022, curtain raisser of IDP USA, held in Minneola, N.Y. Photo: IDP USA

The first item was an energetic dance item, Ganesh Vandana, performed by a young girl, Angel.

IDP Chairperson Indu Jaiswal and Past President Beena Kothari, in their brief speeches, gave a call to the community to support the parade with ‘tan-man-dhan’ (body, mind and funds).

The parade that culminates in an entertainment program will showcase India’s heritage and culture and Indian Americans’ achievements. A children’s carnival and games area will be free. The raffle will have attractive prizes, organizers promised.

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