The Indian origin neighborhood in Canada is making ready for expansive 2021 Independence Day celebrations on August 15 as Covid-19 restrictions in the country have been relaxed high vaccination levels.
The major event will be held in the Greater Toronto Area as “India Day” will be marked on Sunday with a drive-thru parade, organised by Panorama India, which is a Canada-based neighborhood body.
The “India Day” parade and celebrations were in-person events until 2019, when it attracted nearly 85,000 persons at its downtown Toronto venue.The clock towers in the GTA cities of Brampton and Mississauga will be illuminated in the colours of the India flag on Sunday evening, as will Toronto’s iconic landmark constructing, CN Tower.
A number of cars will feature in celebrations deliberate in British Columbia, as the organizations Friends of India in Canada and Gurukul Canada are placing together a Tiranga Yatra that will feature a cavalcade of vehicles travelling from the town of Surrey to the Indian consulate in Vancouver.
Organisers are expecting nearly 1,000 automobiles to participate in the drive-thru event in Mississauga, in the GTA. The event will also feature live performances depicting the tradition of 21 states.
Neema Manral, secretary of Friends of India in Canada, said they expected over 300 cars to participate in the rally to mark the day. “We’ve invited people from all communities and have taken police permission for the route,” she said
Montreal traditionally hosts an “India Day” parade, organised by the India Canada Organisation, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had attended in 2017. However, festivities will be limited to a park, with present capped at 50 individuals .
Other cities will also witness celebratory events, together with Montreal, where a flag-hoisting ceremony is being organised by the Canada-India Global Forum, its national president Shivendra Dwivedi mentioned.