Edison celebrates despite rains
Though this was the second India Day Parade this year on
Oak Tree Road in New Jersey, it did not affect the number
of people who marched enthusiastically through Edison,
About 15,000 people attended the parade, said Bimal
Joshi, executive vice president, Oak Tree Indian Business
Association, which organized the parade. “It was the people’s parade and local businesses came forward to support
it on their own. This was unprecedented,” he said.
“There were 14 floats and two bands. Several organiza-
tions marched under their banner. Thousands came to
watch the colorful spectacle,” said Anil Patel, president,
The parade started at Grove Avenue and ended at
Pathmark Plaza in Edison. Local businesses provided free
water, soda and sweets and snacks.
The India mela continued till 10 pm at Pathmark Plaza,
with dances, a fashion show, Bollywood celebrity perform-
ances, live singing, etc.
Indian actress Shriya Saran, who was to be the grand
marshal, had to be replaced with Shenaz Treasurywala,
who acted in Delhi Belly. Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano
walked with the procession the whole way. Later, she said
she was disturbed with the split in the community and
asked the organizations to reunite and go for a joint celebration.
Gujarati Samaj celebrates
The Gujarati Samaj of New York, senior wing, celebrated
India’s 65th Independence Day at the Gujarati Samaj Hall.
Organizers said 15,000 people attended the parade
Some seniors also celebrated their birthdays and marriage
anniversaries during the event. Gopi Udeshi highlighted
the importance of Independence Day, Shashikant Patel
spoke about India’s achievements, Champak Parikh conducted the flag hoisting. Harshad Patel was the chief guest.
After the national anthems of the US and India, Pradip
Parikh and Kirti Shukla sang Indian patriotic songs.