Girl Scouts of the USA Celebrates India's 59 Years of Independence


August 17, 2006

Marion Swan

NEW YORK, N.Y.—As a committed community partner, Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to be a sponsor of the 26th Annual India Day Parade in New York City—the largest celebration of Indian independence outside of India. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at Madison Ave. and 45th Street, and culminates at Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. A cultural festival and street fair will follow.

"On behalf of Girl Scouts, I take great pleasure in inviting everyone in the New York area to join us in this celebration of India's independence," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. "Come over to the Girl Scout booth, meet our incredible girls and discover all our wonderful programs we have that help build girls of courage, confidence and character."

India gained independence from the British on August 15, 1947. The festival is organized by the Federation of Indian Associations.

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