For the first time, the Indian American community in Connecticut got a spot in the large UBS Thanksgiving Parade in Stamford, Connecticut, on Sunday the November 24th thanks to an initiative by GOPIO-CT. It was the second largest parade in the East coast of the United States, after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Over 50 dancers participated, thrilling the audiences with their Bhangra, Garba, Bharatanatyam, Maharashtrian and Bollywood portrayals, as the contingent marched under the banner of ‘Namaste India.’ Despite the sub-zero temperatures and heavy winds, the dancers marched the whole route and the Indian contingent was adjudged the most colorful. At the review stand, all dancers together performed the ‘Jai Ho’ dance to the delight of the audience who also joined in.
The program coordinator was GOPIO-CT Board Member Nandita Kotian who was assisted by GOPIO’s US National Youth Coordinator Anita Bhat, along with GOPIO-CT President Shailesh Naik, Executive Vice President Shelly Nichani and GOPIO Foundation Executive Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham.

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