CHICAGO: Indian Community Outreach ICO and the City of Naperville will be hosting the second grand India Day Parade and Celebration on Sunday August 14 in downtown Naperville to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.
The Parade will serve as a showcase of India’s rich and diverse culture, with more than 100 floats organized by Indian cultural, local business and political organizations. Spectators will be treated to a rich variety of Indian cuisine, ethnic arts, apparel, and jewelry. This event has the distinction of being the 2nd India Day Parade backed by any city in Midwest America.
ICO is a non-partisan and a not for profit organization and its chairman Krishna Bansal has been appointed by, and reports to, the Mayor of Naperville.
Bansal said. “Indian Americans are now a significant part of Naperville’s population in both numbers and impact. The community, which saw a dramatic growth since the nineties, now comprises over 10 percent of the suburb’s total population. Moreover, with the recent influx of information technology workers and other professionals from India, over 70 percent are first generation immigrants.”
Several South Asian community leaders, restaurants, businesses and cultural organizations have come forward to support the event. Sunidhi Chauhan, India’s sensational singer, will be the Parade Marshal.
Chirag Jani, board member of ICO and lead of event logistics, explained that parade will begin in Downtown Naperville at 5 pm and end at Knoch Park in Naperville where the celebration will kick off. The final route details are being worked out with the City of Naperville.
Sunidhi Chauhan, the highly Acclaimed Bollywood singer, with several big hits under her belt, will present a number of soulful melodies during the event. She will be supported by a state-of-the art orchestra. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her fans considering the fact that the entry to the concert will be FREE.
Additional information about the parade and celebration including applications to participate in the parade and celebrations as well as sponsorship is available on website www.napervilleindian.com.