Besides the largest annual parade in Manhattan in New York City, now in its 33rd year, set for next Sunday, some new parades, including one in Long Island, a New York suburb, and another in New Jersey, have also emerged in the last few years.

An estimated 15,000 people attended the parade held in Hicksville, the newest 'Little India' located in Nassau County, on Sunday with Bollywood actress Aarti Chhabria, and Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley as main guests. There were 17 floats including those of Air India, grocery stores chain Patel Brothers, and 30 booths including of banks and insurance companies.

"Being a patriotic Indian, I am honoured and proud to be the Grand Marshal at the India Day Parade of Long Island," said Chhabria as she broke into a jig along the parade route. Even Cooley, dressed in an Indian outfit, showed her newly mastered Bollywood moves during the entertainment programme.

The Long Island parade was telecast live by Global Punjabi TV.


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