Thousands of old and new South Asian immigrants made their way to downtown Toronto Sunday afternoon as thousands of people celebrated India’s Independence Day, culture and heritage at the India Day Festival and Grand Parade.
Both sides of the street were lined with curious onlookers and South Asian immigrants all there to enjoy a great afternoon parade and get their fill of nostalgia watching floats with participants dressed in traditional garb from various regions of the country.
Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill marshaled the 20-float parade, which began in Nathan Phillips Square before moving down Dundas and Yonge Street, and heading back along Queen.
There were dancers and musicians performing on stage at Nathan Phillips Square, and people could be seen tucking into for delicious foods and drinks.
On the occasion of Independence Day the Toronto Dhol Tasha & Lezim team depicted a memorable celebration at the India Day Parade!
All individual took pride representing Maharashtra State dancing to the tunes of Marathi Dhol, Tasha and Lezim.
It must have been quite a challenge carrying those bulky Dhols and playing them while walking but they did it with a smile. The Lezim ladies added colors to the team and earned the lusty applause from onlookers who enjoyed the Maharashtra Dhol Tasha!
This part of the parade was organized by Global Entertainment that has along with other organizations worked with Panorama India in association with the Consulate General of India. -CINEWS