First Time Indian Tricolour to be displayed at Iconic Times Square in New York City – Insiderfolks, This year, though, the parade would not be conducted as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leading U.S. diaspora community will be hosting India’s National Flag at Times Square this week, for the first time, the Indian tricolor will be unfurled at the famous New York City destination.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state region of New York , New Jersey and Connecticut announced in a release that it would “make history” on August 15, 2020 by “hosting the first ever flag-raising ceremony at Times Square” to commemorate India’s Independence Day.
“This will be the first time that the Indian tricolor will be unfurled in all its glory at the emblematic location,” said the organisation, adding that the Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal, would be the guest of honor at the gathering.
The FIA said this year’s Independence Day festivities would involve a flag-raising ceremony at Times Square and an ongoing custom of lighting the Empire State Building in the colors of the tricolor – purple, white and green.
The Empire State Lighting Ceremony will be celebrated on 14 August.
“The Times Square Flag Ceremony is a testimony to the the patriotism of the Indian-American population and a fitting homage to the FIA, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year,” the organisation said.
Founded in 1970, the FIA is one of the main umbrella diaspora organizations.
In July, Ankur Vaidya was appointed Chairman of the FIA, succeeding prominent Indian-American community leader Ramesh Patel who died of coronavirus complications.
Vaidya, 40 years old, has been affiliated with the FIA for a long time and was the chairman of the umbrella diaspora organisation for 2014.
He is the newest president of the Board of Directors and the newest to be named as the chairman.
The Consulate General of India in New York will hold a virtual Independence Day event on August 15, in which “Asian group leaders and friends of India” will be welcomed to a live-streaming commemoration.
Each year, the FIA is organizing its flagship event – the Indian Day Parade to celebrate India’s Independence Day in August.
Top U.S. political leaders, legislators as well as prominent members of the Indian-American community and celebrities from India participated in an annual parade that brings thousands of people to the heart of Manhattan every year.
However, the parade will not be held this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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