Color, Music and Dance Mark Naperville’s First India Day Parade
The first ever India Day parade in Naperville, IL to observe the 69th anniversary of India’s independence from the British was an unprecedented success with an estimated participation of over 10,000 spectators, many of whom came from neighboring suburbs and states.
A colorful procession of 64 participants with 15 intricately decorated floats sponsored by various community organizations, businesses and restaurants wended its way along the parade route in Naperville downtown. Several local and international dance groups representing the diverse dance forms and music of India were part of the procession which ended in Central Park, Naperville.
- 10,000+ people attended
- Marquee Orgs Sponsored including Air India, Pepsi, Costco, Edward, and Tech Companies Consortium
- Ecstatic attendees shared their feedback:
- “Just like July 4th“ – Mark Trivedi, visitor from Atlanta, GA
- “A great place for everybody to come and celebrate” – Nilesh Shah, Naperville resident
- “Historic first for Naperville w/ India Day Parade & Celebration! Event will be a community gem for years to come.” – Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
- Chicago Tribune: Color, Music and Dance Mark Naperville’s First India Day Parade with Overwhelming Response
- Times of India: Naperville Indian Community Outreach hosts I-Day Parade
- Yahoo News: Overwhelming response to I-Day parade in Chicago
- ABC 7 Chicago News: India Day Marked With Parade, Celebration
- News India Times: Thousands Join India Day Parades Across Midwest