India Day Parade (Naperville) 2019 TIPS & FAQ’s
What NOT to bring to India Day Parade:
No coolers of any size
• No large backpacks
• No outside food allowed
• No outside beverages (except for baby formula, baby food and
medically required food/drink) will be permitted inside Knoch park
• No Illicit drugs
• No outside alcohol will be permitted, beer and wine will be available for
• No weapons of any kind including “Concealed Carry” firearms
• No large umbrellas
• No tables
• No glass containers
• No musical instruments
• No Signs or no banners
• No bad attitudes – remember this is a community event run by
volunteers, it’s free so come and enjoy!
• Anything that may create a safety hazard or interfere with other
Q. When is India Day? What time does it start?
A. India Day celebrations start at 11:00 a.m. on August 11 th , 2019 at
Knoch Park, Naperville, Illinois and will last till 10:00 P.M, concluding
with Fireworks @ 9:30 P.M.
Q. Do you have an app?
A. There is no App but please scan the QR Code below
Q: What is the cost of attending India Day? Is there a separate fee
to view the concert?
A: General entry to India Day celebrations, parade and concert is
free. Limited premium concert seating is available for our sponsors.
There will be premium seating will be available for purchase at the venue.
Q: What is the parade route and distance? What street restrictions
will be enforced on the day of the parade?
A: The parade begins at W. Porter Ave (East of Naperville Central High
School) and proceeds East on Porter, turns right going South on Main
St. and turns right going West on W. Hillside Rd and then turns left going
South on West St. and ends at Martin Ave in front of Knoch Park. The
parade route is 1 mile long. Please See parade map below for street
Due to the Parade and the India Day Celebrations many of the streets will be closed for regular traffic. Please see the Map below:
Q: I am not a parade entrant, what time should I get to the parade?
A: We recommend that you arrive early to get a good spot. For a less
crowded area to watch the parade, you can pick W. Porter Ave, S.
Webster St, or W. Hillside Rd and the last leg of the parade on West St.
Early spectators are expected to arrive between 2 PM and 4 PM. The
parade will start at 4:00 PM.
Q. What are the designated parking options at the parade and
concert/celebrations? Is there Handicap parking?
A. There are many parking options at India Day event. There is handicap
accessible/ADA parking at Naperville Central High school, we encourage
to come early to secure your parking spot. There are several parking
options available but ICO has designated parking spots from which
continuous buses will be operated to transport to/from Parking to Knoch
ICO encourages our guests to park at the designated locations, please
refer to the map below. There will be volunteers and parking attendants
who will be able to advise if there are any last-minute changes. We ask
that if you do not need ADA/Handicap parking or drop off assistance
please follow the map instead of coming to Knoch Park directly to avoid
delays due to traffic.
ICO encourages to take rideshare services like Uber, suggested Drop off
Hillside Ave and Webster Ave;
Aurora Ave and West Ave;
West Ave and Emerald Drive
Q. Will there be enough Parking?
A. We have multiple parking spots as defined in the Parking Map. Due to
the anticipated Crowd, we strongly encourage Car Pool, Rideshares
(Such as Uber, Lyft etc.)
* Please do not park in downtown Naperville or any residential parking area. Your
vehicle may get towed.
Q. Does the park close if it rains?
A. No, India Day parade will remain open if it rains but may close
temporarily during periods of lightning. ICO works with the Local
Emergency Management Weather team to monitor the weather during
India Day parade. All guests will be asked by volunteers to evacuate
using clearly marked safe exit routes to designated safe areas during
periods of lightning and inclement weather.
Q. What is Children’s Area?
A. Children’s area will have many fun activities for children including
Bouncy houses, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Bean Bag toss, Legos and
many activities. It will be parents/guardian’s responsibility to monitor their
child and their safety. There are no babysitting options available in the
Children’s area. The Children’s area will be open from 11:00 am to 7:00
pm. In the Children’s area we have Autism and Mental Health
Q. What do you suggest a family bring for The India Day Parade?
A. Summertime in Naperville can be quite sunny and warm. ICO
suggests that you bring sunscreen or some sort of sun protection, folding
chairs and sunglasses. We recommend you wear good shoes to walk
around and be comfortable. India Day admission is FREE, but you might
want to bring some extra money for shopping at the Bazaar, food and
beverages. Most of all, have patience and fun.
Q. Do I need Cash, or can I use my Credit Card for food, drinks and
A. Credit Card is preferred. For food, drinks and merchandise for
purchase will be accepting Credit cards and Cash
Q: I live around the corner. Can I bring my own alcohol?
A: No. Attendees found in violation of City Code Section 8-4-030 for
Open Container shall be ticketed and fined by Naperville Police per
existing legal statutes. Any Liquor or outside beverages will be discarded
at the security and will not be allowed enter inside. Beer and Wine will be
available for purchase at the Beer & Wine stalls at Knoch Park.
Q. Where can I find Lost and Found for items left at India Day. How
do I retrieve it?
A. For any Lost and Found – please stop by the Information booth, just
inside Knoch park and/or at the parade entry. After the event check the
Naperville Park District office at Mill and Jackson for any remaining
Q. Who organized India Day parade (Naperville) and why?
A. Indian Independence Day is being celebrated by Indian Community
Outreach Organization (ICO) a not-for-profit organization in association
with City of Naperville.
• Mission of ICO: To embrace, preserve and promote the cultural
heritage and contributions of Indian Americans while educating
them to get involved in America’s growth.
• Vision of ICO: To form and be part of an all-inclusive society while
contributing towards the betterment of our great country and our
• Our Motto is:
Educate: Integrate: Empower
Naperville is the first city to support & host India Day parade and
celebration in the suburban Chicago-land area.
Q. Is there a place where I can drop off elderly and other family members before I can park?
A. Yes, there is a designated drop off point for the elderly at Naperville
Central high school on Hillside Ave, where there will be Golf Carts
available to transport elderly to Knoch Park. Due to anticipated crowds,
we ask that only elderly and physically disabled individuals use the Golf
Note: Hillside street will be closed at 3:00 PM, we cannot make
exceptions to these road closures, so please make sure you are
giving yourself enough time. There are designated ADA parking
spots also available.
Q. I have a wheel chair, is there an accessible entrance to the Park?
A. Yes there are two entrances to Knoch Park one on Hillside Ave and
one on Martin Ave. The park will be fenced in and will not have other
entrances. There is a handicap ramp on Hillside Ave, and the entrance
on Martin Ave is at ground level.
Q. What are the various activities and events that will occur at India Day?
A. India Day is designed to be a fun day with lots of activities planned
and can be done at everyone’s own pace and will. The following are the
various activities planned; you should plan on attending the whole day to
A One Mile Festive Parade
A Bollywood concert
An International Food Court
An Ethnic Indian Fashion Bazaar
Variety of Booth vendors for services and other merchandise
A Children’s Park
A Local Talent Show
And to wrap it all up, an amazing finale with a Fireworks Show.
It starts at 11:00 am. We encourage to wear comfortable shoes and
enjoy the festivities. The activity announcements and the programs will
be continuously announced to keep everyone informed.
Q. There will be so many people, how do you deal with littering and garbage?
A. Yes, we are anticipating large number of people to attend the India
Day celebrations. Please note that India Day is a symbol of celebrating
the culture and diversity of people from India, and it reflects our values
and heritage. The Park, Parade Route will have many garbage cans available for people to throw their garbage. We request everyone to be responsible
for their trash and help us keep the parks clean. Your responsibility as
attendees and our responsibility as the Organization is to hand over the
Park in its original condition, Please absolutely no littering.
If you are found littering, you may be fined for the offense.
Q. We are participating in the parade and need to drop off items for our float, how do I do that?
A. We will have the provision for you to drop off items to your float, your
designated individual responsible for the float will be receiving specific instructions for loading and unloading of items from the float. Please
refer to that notes for the latest information. Rest assured there will be
many volunteers and information booths to assist.