Parade in Long Island, New York on August 7 with the theme of Unity in Diversity
Long Island’s 11th India Day Parade, scheduled for August 7 in Hicksville, New York, will have the theme of Unity in Diversity with banners from all 28 states of India.
Bollywood actress and athlete Prachi Tehlan will be the famous Grand Marshal with singing sensation Shibani Kashyap, Hollywood/Bollywood actor Prashantt Gupta and Navika Group President Naveen Shah as honored guests, according to a media release.
Read: Long Island’s India Day Parade for August 7th (June 29, 2022)
India’s Deputy Consul General in New York, Dr. Varun Jeph will also join as Grand Marshal, IDP USA President Vimal Goyal and adviser Mukesh Modi announced at a July 26 news conference in New York.
Emphasizing the parade’s theme of “Unity in Diversity,” Goyal urged India lovers to walk behind the banners of their respective states and dress up in their state’s traditional attire.
Many lawmakers from Long Island and New York have confirmed their participation in the parade. Sudhir Parikh, Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, will also attend the parade.
The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center on Carl Street West and travels along Broadway North before turning left onto John Street and culminating at 125 West John Street, where food and other stalls as well a children’s carnival to be set up area.
Parade organizers thanked Nassau County and City of Oyster Bay officials for their cooperation in conducting a safe and successful parade. Harry Malhotra, director of South Asian Business & Development – Town of Oyster Bay, promised all help.
Speakers at the dinner event included IDP Chair Indu Jaiswal, Former President Beena Kothari, Vice President Bina Sabapathy and Vice President Roopam Maini.
IDP Secretary Pradeep Tandon proposed a vote of thanks. Prominent participants included Vibhuti Jha and Sanjeep Jindal, both of whom are candidates for this year’s New York Convention from different districts.
The tabla performance was given by Aryan Rishi. Indian and American national anthems were sung by Anoushka Rishi, accompanied by Aryan Shah on saxophone.
Read: India Day Parade from Long Island on August 7th (July 23, 2022)
Grand Marshals and guests of honor
dr Varun Jeph – Grand Marshal
dr Varun Jeph has a degree in medicine and is a career diplomat with over a decade of experience in the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in various capacities at the Embassy of India in Myanmar and the High Commission of India in Malaysia. In September 2021, he joined the Indian Consulate General in New York as Deputy Consul General.
Prachi Tehlan – Grand Marshal
Acclaimed TV and film actress Prachi Tehlan made her acting debut in 2016 in “Diya Aur Baati Hum” on Star Plus. Her Malayalam film Mamangam starring Mammootty was a smash hit. Prachi is a former Indian netball and basketball player who led the Indian netball team at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Shibani Kashyap – Guest of Honor
Shibani Kashyap, recipient of the Best Female Playback Singer award at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival, has performed hits such as “Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat”, “Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa”, “Zinda Hoon Main” and “Kya Nazakhat Hai”.
Prashantt Gupta – Guest of Honor
Prashantt Guptha hails from New York and played key roles in the film Neerja and the OTT series Aashram. He recently produced and starred in his first American film, A New Christmas.
Naveen Shah – Guest of Honor
As President and CEO, Naveen Shah led the Navika Group of Companies to a $1.5 billion commercial real estate and hospitality company. Shah is the co-founder and past president of the Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA).