A 200-meter-high American-Indian flag hovering high in the sky over Boston caught everyone’s attention during the first-ever India Day Parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence in the historic American city.
Characterized by bands of veterans, dozens of floats reflecting the diversity of both India and the United States, amid patriotic flavor and songs, the Indian Day Parade was attended by thousands of people from more than 30 countries.
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Led by former Indian cricketer RP Singh, it was addressed by several Massachusetts and New England politicians, along with many prominent Indian Americans from the region.
“The first-ever India Day Parade in Boston was a historic success. All credit goes to the Indian Americans in the city and the volunteers who worked day and night to make it a huge success,” said community leader Abhishek Singh, the president of Boston. the Federation of Indian Associations-New England which was the organizer of the parade.
Singh, the mastermind behind the India Day Parade in Boston, said he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to celebrate 75 years of independent India as “The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” around the world.
“Boston is known for starting America’s freedom struggle. So we decided to celebrate in a big way in this historic city,” he said.
During Saturday’s parade that culminated in Boston Harbor, a plane carrying a 220-foot India-American flag flew over the city.
“India’s tricolor flying high in the sky stole the heart of the general public. It wasn’t just any ordinary flag, it was a 220-foot-long Indian tricolor that flew together with an American star lover flown by a small plane in the blue sky strewn with white and gray clouds,” said Mr Singh.
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