Come Celebrate India on Aug. 13-15
Members of Atlantic City’s Indian community and the Indo U.S. Council have established a tribute to India’s original homeland and the homeland of the nation’s ancestors.
The three-day event will take place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13-15. India has traditionally celebrated Aug. 15 to commemorate its independence from British rule, and its birth as a sovereign nation since 1947.
The A.C. celebration will commence with the arrival on Friday of participants via the ACES train from New York’s Penn Station. The ACES train will be dubbed the “Palace on Wheels,” named after India’s most famous and luxurious train, and will be equipped with authentic Indian food and decor. It will continue with a night of music and dance featuring a live concert by the International pop sensation and recording artist Jay Sean at the Trump Taj Mahal’s Mark G. Etess Arena (show time 9pm Fri, Aug. 13).
On Saturday, an India Day Parade will take place on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk, and will feature magnificent floats displaying the captivating and diverse Indian culture with its glory and grandeur. The parade will end in an extensive display of Indian handicraft, beautiful clothing and jewelry at the Tropicana’s Exhibit Hall.
“We have nine organizations involved in the planning and promotion of this, our first India Day in Atlantic City,” says Dr. Sanjay Gupta, president of Indo U.S. Council. “We expect many thousand visitors to visit and take part.
“We are planning to hold this program every year around August 14, and aim that the Atlantic City India Day celebrations become the most attended and famous parade of its kind outside India. It is our belief that this program will bring a large number of visitors and business revenue to Atlantic City and will, in the long run, make Atlantic City more attractive to the Indian community in the U.S. and worldwide.”