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New York India Day Parade 2014 – August 17th

8/14/2014 Anant Goel

New York City is the melting pot of diverse cultures from around the globe.  On August 17th, Indians and Americans of Indian origin − from the Tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut− will celebrate the 68th Indian Independence Day.

For 34 years, the Federation of Indian Associations in U.S. has been celebrating the Indian nation’s independence from United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland− with a parade in New York City.  The organizers claim New York India Day parade to be the largest in the world.

This year’s New York India Day Parade, begins at Madison Avenue and East 38th Street and ends at Madison and East 27th Street. The New York parade usually starts at noon and wraps up around 3pm.

The 2014 New York India Day Parade features speeches, a food court, merchandise booths, live performances, and much more, offering guests a chance to experience Indian culture in a slew of different ways.   

There are various review stands and spots to post up along the route of the New York India Day Parade 2014. Check the official website for the most up-to-date info on viewing and the year’s Grand Marshal. 

Here’s some background information for those that have interest in this historical event that took place 67 years ago to shape the future of the biggest democracy of the world...

India’s Independence Day is observed annually on 15 August, and is a National Holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 15 August 1947.

India attained independence following an Independence Movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress .  Independence coincided with the partition of India, in which the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan; the partition was accompanied by violent riots and mass casualties, and the displacement of nearly 15 million people due to sectarian violence.

On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each subsequent Independence Day, the Prime Minister has raised the flag and given a speech.

Independence Day, one of the three national holidays in India (the other two being the Republic Day on 26th January and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on 2nd October), is observed in all Indian states and union territories. On the eve of Independence Day, the President of India delivers the "Address to the Nation".

On 15 August, the prime minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honor of the solemn occasion. In his speech, the prime minister highlights the past year's achievements, raises important issues and calls for further development. He pays tribute to the leaders of the Indian independence movement.

The Indian national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana" is sung. The speech is followed by march past of divisions of the Indian Armed Forces and paramilitary forces. Parades and pageants showcase scenes from the independence struggle and India's diverse cultural traditions. Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, followed by parades and pageants.

Now you know about the India’s Independence Day as much as I do. 

So, go ahead and make plans to enjoy your day at the New York India Day parade.

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