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Parade Fast Facts

New York India Day Parade and Festival
Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Noon
Madison Avenue from 38th Street to 27th Street

Boston India Day Festival
Hatch Memorial Shell

Chicago India Independence Day Parade
Saturday, August 19, 2017
On Devon from Western to California

The world learned the power of nonviolent protest as Gandhi lead the diverse peoples of India in a struggle for home rule.

The state of India formally gained independence on August 15, 1947 after centuries of British rule - and years of turmoil. Today, the date is marked with somber speeches, colorful parades, and celebrations .... in far-flung communities from New Delhi to London. Not be outdone, New York City is the place to be for the planet's largest India Day parade, with a march up Madison Avenue!

Around the Web, join the celebrations and learn about the events leading up to the historic moment, and the words of inspiration that the heroes of the movement used to move their people closer to independence.

Explore both traditional and modern customs that surround the holiday in India, as well as in areas throughout the world where India's emigres have made their homes.

You'll find Independence Day ecard greetings to send to family and friends, favorite recipes for sweets, special holiday dishes and kid-friendly resources to help commemorate this historic day ....

“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge ....
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of independence

Indian Independence Day parade, Madison Avenue, NYC
Revelers parade down Madison Avenue during August celebrations in New York City. Photo: Janoo Studio.

More about India Independence Day around the Web:

India's Freedom Struggle: Online Exhibition at Kamat's Potpourri - A complete resource including historical narrative, battles, notable quotes, biographies of Gandhi, Nehru and more figures in the struggle, key events, related links, and don't miss the multimedia Mahatma Gandhi Album.

India's Independence Day E-Cards - A choice collection of e-cards with images of the Indian flag together with patriotic sentiments to send to friends and family.

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