Military band to be a unique feature of India Day parade on Aug 16
TORONTO: Top Canadian leaders, including ministers, MPs, MPPs and mayors, will join the Indo-Canadian community in celebrating India’s 69th Independence Day at Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto on Sunday, August 16.
The biggest event of the community draws thousands of people to the colourful parade and subsequent cultural performances showcasing India’s diversity in dance, music and culture.
Toronto singer Shirsha Chakaroborty will be the lead performer this year.
Apart the colourfully decorated rickshaws, another unique feature of the India Day parade this year will be a 12-member military band led by Lt Col (Hon) Hari Panday. Panday is the only corporate honcho of Indian origin in Canada who dons the military uniform.
The day-long celebrations will begin with the singing of the National Anthem and patriotic songs. It will be followed by the downtown grand parade comprising VIPs and contingents of different Indian states.
After the parade winds up back at Yonge and Dundas Square, the high-voltage cultural show will unfold.
About three dozen cultural troupes and individual performances will showcase India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage non-stop till 8pm.
Over the years, Indian cuisine at the India Day celebrations has become a big draw for families. This year too, more than two dozen food vendors will treat visitors to an array of Indian delicacies – idli, dosa, chat papri, biryani, tandoori and other ethnic dishes. Ethnic Indian products will also be on sale at the venue.
There will be prizes and certificates for the largest and the most ethnic among state contingents.
Yonge Dundas Square can accommodate up to 26 vendors with several sponsorship opportunities. Vendors looking for a booth and those wishing to join cultural performances or register for the parade can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICICI Bank will be the lead sponsor of this year’s India Day Festival.