Saturday, August 15th, 2009 marked India’s sixty-second year of independence, and on Sunday, August 16th, 2009, a grand parade was held in the streets of Manhattan, New York City in celebration of this occasion. Swamibapa Pipe Band had the honor of leading the parade.
New York City was filled with white, orange, and green, as thousands of patriotic Indians from all over the country had gathered for the event. Dozens of floats proceeded through the streets of the grand city, representing their organizations. Bollywood stars such as Shilpa Shetty, singers such as Jay Sean and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended this special occasion. The procession took place on Madison Avenue in the heart of New York City, Manhattan. It commenced on 41st Street and ended on 23rd Street.
The millions of spectators were very impressed by Swamibapa Pipe Band’s performance.