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Adam Silver, David Fizdale, Julius Randle and Dikembe Mutombo take part in New York City's 39th India Day parade

Adam Silver, David Fizdale and Julius Randle
Adam Silver, David Fizdale and Julius Randle (New York Knicks)

Yesterday, on August 18th, the 39th India Day Parade took place at Madison Avenue to celebrate India's 73rd year of Independence.

The NYC India Day parade, the largest Indian parade in the United States, is organised each year since 1981 by The Federation of Indian Association (FIA).

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was the Chief Guest of the parade.

Suniel Shetty, an accomplished Indian film actor and producer, was the Grand Marshal.

Julius Randle, a five-year league veteran who signed with the Knicks this offseson as a free-agent, David Fizdale, the Knicks' head coach, and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo were also present at the India Day Parade in NYC.

In 2014, Sacramento Kings' co-owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé attended the India Day parade along with Sim Bhullar, the first player of Indian-descent to play in an NBA game.

Other key Indian celebrities to have attended the 2019 event were Gulshan Grover (Bollywood actor), Hina Khan (Bollywood and Indian television actress), and Navika Kumar (Managing Editor, Times Now).

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