EDISON, NJ - Over 300 volunteers and sponsors gathered at Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords, New Jersey ahead of the New Jersey India Day Parade, which runs from Edison to Iselin on Oak Tree Road. The event was the local kickoff for the parade. The Indian Business Association, which hosts the annual celebration, ceremonially held a kickoff event earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Representatives from New Jersey’s Indo-American business, professional, trade, religious, and cultural organizations attended the event at Royal Albert’s Palace. They gathered to show their solidarity with the Indian Business Association. The parade is scheduled for August 12, 2018.
Over 40,000 people are expected for the parade which several speakers noted was the only India Day Parade to span two cities – Edison to Woodbridge. “This is a one of a kind parade that happens nowhere else in the world” IBA President Dhiren Amin said. The parade is supported by over 100 organizations. It occurs in the heart of New Jersey’s Little India – Oak Tree Road and ends on Iselin’s India Square.
The parade will have dozens of floats and marching groups. It will also have bands, dancers, and will culminate with a cultural program. Grocery giant ShopRite is the title sponsor of this year’s parade.
Those at the kick-off also experienced a live music program as well as a video highlighting the IBA’s achievements. The IBA has organized multiple seminars on important issues such as Neighborhood Security, the Affordable Care Act, Immigration, and Teenage Drug Use. In addition, the IBA has also convened policy groups on Healthcare, Law, and Small Business, and Tourism. Earlier this year the IBA held a seminar with New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.
For 27 years, the Indian Business Association has been serving the Indo-American community. Centered in Oak Tree Road, the IBA’s flagship event is the India Day Parade. Other major events include its Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on India Square.