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PIX: Vidya Balan flags off India Day Parade in NY

August 19, 2013 12:01 IST

PIX: Vidya Balan flags off India Day Parade in NY

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Her fans and detractors may have had misgivings about her bizarre turn at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year but Vidya Balan was a huge hit as Grand Marshal at the annual India Day Parade held in Manhattan, New York on August 17.

Dressed in a gorgeous kalamkari sari by designer Asmita Marwa and an elegant hairdo, the actress was in her element as she flagged off the parade.

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Image: Vidya Balan
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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The actress waves to Indian-origin New Yorkers who participated in the parade. 

Vidya joins the list of Bollywood A-listers like Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji who have served as Grand Marshals in the past.


Image: Vidya Balan
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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Considered one of the most colourful annual events witnessed by New York, the parade -- now in its 33rd year -- is held to celebrate the Indian independence day.

Besides Balan, India's anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare was also present at the flag off.


Image: Vidya Balan
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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The Ghanchakkar actress shows off her filmi moves at the ceremony. 


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Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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Dancers perform during the three-hour-long celebrations.

The ceremony also comprised of cultural shows and dance and music performances by local artists.


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Thousands of New Yorkers thronged the venue to take part in the parade.


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Vidya Balan also attended the press conference preceding the grand parade and said that she was looking forward to shopping for gadgets in the Big Apple.


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Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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Sarath Kumar and Radhika

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Tamil film star Sarath Kumar and his wife Radhika were among the celebrities who lead the parade.


Image: Radhika and Sarath Kumar
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