Indian-Americans celebrate Indian Independence Day in New York with pride

NEW YORK:  Thousands of people from the Indian diaspora converged here today to celebrate India’s 69th Independence Day at one of the largest parades outside India, attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Bollywood celebrities.

The 35th India Day Parade organised by the Federation of Indian Associations will run through about 20 streets in Madison avenue in the heart of Manhattan and features tableaux by various Indian-American organisations, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-American children.

Mr Khattar, accompanied by India’s Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay, congratulated the huge gathering of Indians on the country’s Independence Day and lauded the achievements of the diaspora in his brief remarks. (PTI and PTC news report)