By Eden Laikin
Members of Nassau County’s Indian-American community celebrated India’s Independence with an annual tradition – a parade through Hicksville, the community many call home.
The August 9th parade, led by Grand Marshall Poonam Dhillon – a popular actress in India – started at Patel Brothers Plaza, traveled north on Route 107 up to East Barclay’s Street.
India started its journey as an independent nation 68 years ago, on August 15, 1947. Today, it’s the largest democracy in the world.
With America being the oldest democracy, the two countries are strategic partners and play a vital role in maintaining peace around the globe.
“Today is a great opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of the Indian-American community not only here in Nassau, but across the country,” Mangano told those gathered. “The Indo-American communities have played a very important role in the growth of Nassau County. They are part of our family and have contributed tremendously through their entrepreneurship and expertise.”
Mangano said that here in Nassau County, Indian-Americans are highly active both within their communities and in government. Then he invited the attendees to the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building on Wednesday, August 15th at 8 a.m. for Nassau County’s India Independence day celebration.
“Once again, I truly appreciate the commitment of our local Indian-American community to improving our economy and creating jobs and opportunities for all of Nassau County’s 1.3 million residents,” he said. “Through our partnership we truly are making Nassau a better place to live, work and raise a family.”