Now in its 33rd year, the parade organized annually by the Federation of Indian Associations, will also feature Bollywood film star Vidya Balan as Grand Marshal and Sarath Kumar and Raadhika as other guests of honour.

But a couple of other parades that have gained prominence over the last few years stole a march over the big one by celebrating the day over the weekend and attracted thousands of watchers. Colourful floats and entertainment programmes highlighting India's culture and heritage marked the parades in Long Island.

An estimated 15,000 people attended the parade held in Hicksville, the newest 'Little India' located in Nassau County, Sunday with Nassau county executive Ed Mangano, Bollywood actress Aarti Chhabria, and Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley as main guests.

Anna will be in the US for 14 days and is scheduled to visit Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago as well as Columbia and Stanford universities, where he will meet Indian as well as foreign students.

(Agencies)

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