Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA performed at the 2017 New York City Tartan Day Parade, featuring nearly 50 bagpipe groups from all across North America. The Indian American band was certainly a standout in this year’s parade lineup; sporting a traditional, Scottish bagpipe uniform, uniquely accompanied by traditional Indian elements. Other bands and the crowds adored the diversity and flare of the first Indian-American bagpipe band in North America. Thousands dotted the parade route on Sixth Avenue and cheered on as the band entertained with Indian melodies and Scottish favorites.
Members from the non-profit organization, Round Hill Highland Games, shared about the band, “Got to hand it to this band – they piped the whole length of the parade route with a lot of pep in their step.” In addition, parade organizers, from NYC Tartan Week, agreed with the statement and shared, "They sure did! Pure enthusiasm! Awesome to see different cultures embrace the pipes & drums!”