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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in NY: Khadi tricolour fly-past over the Hudson, billboard at Times Square

As a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Federation of Indian Associations NY-NJ-CT-NE (FIA) has organized a wide range of unique events to commemorate India's 75th anniversary of independence. A fly-past by a 220 ft-long majestic Indian tricolour, made of Khadi, over the iconic Hudson river and the display of a giant billboard at the Times Square are among the highlights of the grand celebrations

The ceremony will begin on August 15 with the raising of the Khadi-made Indian national flag in Times Square. The famous Empire State Building will be illuminated in the colors of the Indian tricolor.

FIA announced that on August 15, the diaspora organization will place a massive "India Day Parade" billboard in Times Square as part of its big events to honor 75 years of India's independence under the direction of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Furthermore, a unique fly-past of the "biggest Indian tricolor" over the famous river would be seen by millions, as per the FIA, who also announced that a special 220-foot-long Indian tricolor made of Khadi will be flown here.

Alu Arjun, the Telugu actor whose films have seen success all over India, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the FIA's 40th India Day Parade on August 21, according to FIA President Kenny Desai. The largest Khadi Tirangaa, which will be flown over the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on August 15, also brought forth his joy and excitement.

Pan-India mega star Arjun, who starred in blockbuster 'Pushpa', will lead the annual India Day Parade here next month organised by a leading Indian diaspora organisation.

Arjun, as the Grand Marshal, will lead the parade along with the New York City Mayor and a host of other distinguished dignitaries and celebrities. The FIA India Day parade is considered the largest parade outside India to mark the country's independence and brings together thousands of members of the diaspora for one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the US.

Among the guests of honor for the India Day Parade are New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Alfonso Browne, NASA astronaut Raja Chari, well-known artists Shankar Mahadevan and Kailash Kher, and cricketing legends Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose.

The Guinness World Records for the "Most Different Flags Flown Simultaneously" and the "Largest Ensemble Damaru" will be attempted at this year's parade, according to the FIA.

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