By a Staff Writer
ore than 42,000
the 14th annual
India Day Parade
hosted by the
Association (IBA) on Aug. 12 in
Edison, New Jersey.
Veteran Bollywood actor
Anupam Kher was the grand
marshal for the parade, which
also featured actresses Niharica
Raizada and Prachi Tehlan and
television journalist Richa
Anirudh, according to organizers.
The parade, which made its
way along Oak Tree Road, beginning in Edison and ending in
Iselin, included 18 floats, a
marching band, and a number of
Elected officials and candidates from across New Jersey
including Rep. Frank Pallone (
D-N.J), State Senators Vin Gopal,
Patrick Diegnan, and Sam
Thompson participated as well
as elected officials from Hudson,
Passaic, Essex, Bergen,
Middlesex and Monmouth counties and Middlesex County freeholders. A cultural program followed the parade at the review
stand in Iselin.
“This whole event was spec-
tacular,” Kher said. “It is great to
see India’s culture, history, and
tradition is alive and well across
Edison Mayor Thomas
Lankey, Woodbridge Mayor John
McCormac, Edison Council
President Ajay Patil, Edison
Councilman Michael Lombardi
spoke at the event, as did the
president of the IBA Dhiren
Amin and the group’s chairman
More Than 42,000 Attend India Day Parade in Edison, N.J.
Indian Business Association hosts 14th annual event, featuring 18 floats and Bollywood’s Anupam Kher
Members of the Indian Business Association, dignitaries and guests with grand marshal Anupam Kher, actresses Niharica Raizada
and Prachi Tehlan and television journalist Richa Anirudh, at the 14th annual India Day Parade in Edison, N.J., Aug. 12. Below, floats
make their way on the parade route. The parade, which made its way along Oak Tree Road, beginning in Edison and ending in
Iselin, included 18 floats, a marching band, and a number of walking groups. Left and bottom left, waving Indian flags, parade goers
line up the streets to display their patriotism and to catch a glimpse of the celebrities.
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Visitors celebrate at the “Chalo India” booth at the India Day Parade hosted by the Indian Business Association in Edison, N.J., Aug.
12. Organized by the Association of Indian Americans of North America, “Chalo India” is a new avatar of “Chaalo Gujarat,” said to be
the largest gathering of Non-Resident Gujaratis outside India. The three-day event will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at the New Jersey
Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, and will celebrate the spirit of India and its rich culture and traditions. Organizers
expect 30,000 visitors. Highlights include state tourism booths, cultural events, music, dance and arts.
‘Chalo India’ Aims to Bring Culture of the Motherland to N.J.