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Thousands View India Day Parade Go Along Madison Avenue

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The sights and sounds of India took over Manhattan's Madison Avenue during the 32nd annual India Day Parade on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people watched the Murray Hill parade, which marked 65 years of India's independence from Great Britain with dancing, costumes and floats.

One performing group, the Swamibapa Pipe Band from Secaucus, N.J., had its members wear plaid kilts as they marched and played bagpipes and drums.

"I am here to celebrate my Indian culture, and really once a year I like to see everyone in the area and see them contribute to our pride," said one parade-goer.

"This is my daughter, she's witnessing this for the first time and this is just a way to make her aware of the Indian culture and how we celebrate the independence day," said another parade-goer. "So we are really excited about it."

India became independent from British rule on August 15, 1947.

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