38,000 attend US parade to mark I-Day

Washington, Aug 15 (IANS) Some 38,000 people, including Indian celebrities, attended a spectacular parade in the US town of Edison to mark India’s 69th Independence Day, a media report said.

The 11th Annual Official New Jersey India Day Parade saw over 20 floats, dozens of walking groups and marching bands perform in the nearly two-kilometre parade, which commenced from Edison and concluded in India Square near Woodbridge town, India West reported on Friday.

Indian celebrities including talk show host Richa Anirudh, Bollywood actresses Avani Modi, Prachee Shah, Madalsa Sherma, Sameksha Singh and Sujata Mehta attended the parade.

The event, which was attended by over 100 New Jersey-based organisations, featured a 110 member marching band and several dance groups as well.

Leading the political delegation were Edison Mayor Tom Lankey and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac.

Indian Americans account for 12.93 percent of New Jersey’s Middlesex county, where Edison town is located.

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