Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kumble at India day parade in New York
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Thousands of Indian-Americans gathered at Madison Avenue in Manhattan here for the annual India day parade to commemorate the 66th independence day of their homeland, with actor Saif Ali Khan and cricketer Anil Kumble gracing the occasion as special guests.
The 32nd 'India Day Parade', held on Sunday, has become a regular fixture in the city's cultural scene and is one of the biggest parades organised in the US to celebrate the Indian independence day.
Khan, dressed in a crisp white kurta-pyjama, was the grand marshal of the parade and waved out to fans as the float carrying him made its way through 10 blocks of Madison avenue.
A visibly delighted Khan said he was proud to be a representative of India at the parade, adding that the event was an opportunity for him to express his gratitude to his fans in the US.
"Whatever fame we have is because of the movie industry and I am happy to see such a massive outpouring of love here. I want my fans in the US to know that we love them and are thankful to them and I hope they continue to enjoy our films,"
Khan was accompanied by Indian Consul General Prabhu Dayal. Kumble, who was the guest of honour at the parade, said it was a matter of pride for him to be part of one of the biggest independence day events held outside India.
"Indians have made cricket popular in the US and I hope America too becomes an important member of the cricketing fraternity," he said. The Cricket World T20 Trophy was also displayed at the parade.
Apart from Indian-Americans, who had come from neighbouring New Jersey and Connecticut to witness the parade, several New Yorkers also stopped to look at India's cultural heritage and diversity which was displayed through tableaux
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