NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City India Day Parade stepped off Sunday with a Scottish-style bagpipe band in kilts — flying an Indian flag.
Sunday’s walk down Madison Avenue, from 38th Street to 27th Street was billed as the biggest Indian parade outside India.
Organizers said they were aiming to set three Guinness world records this year: for most different flags flown simultaneously, most people receiving henna tattoos, and most confetti popped at a single event.
Participants included Bollywood actors, cricket players and an appearance by an internationally known member of India’s parliament, Shashi Tharoor.
The kilted band goes back to an Indian spiritual leader who visited London in 1970 and admired the Scottish tradition. He formed the first such group with Indian businessmen in Kenya.
The band Sunday was from Secaucus, New Jersey.
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