Sikh Contingent Win Award at Parade in Palatine, IL
India-West News Desk
PALATINE, IL – The Sikh Religious Society Palatine, a suburb of Chicago, participated in the 65th Annual Palatine Parade held to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
The Sikh Religious Society was judged the “Best Overall” out of 72 entries, a media statement said.
The Hometown Festival included live bands, food vendors, carnival, business expo and craft fair, fireworks, and many other family activities. Despite the sweltering heat, enthusiastic crowds of people dressed in red, white, and blue colors lined the streets along the parade route in great numbers to celebrate the day for the first time in three years.
Sikh American men, women and children affiliated with Palatine Gurdwara marched alongside their float decorated in patriotic colors, banners, and flags. A “Nagaara” drum was set up on the float and played sounding its unique beats all through the parade. Several Sikh children were dressed up in armed forces uniforms.
The groups distributed free ice-cold bottled water which was greatly welcomed and appreciated. Bags of candy were also distributed to the spectators all along the parade route. An informational pamphlet “Basics of Sikhi” was also shared with the curious spectators.
“We are proud to display our presence in the town where our gurdwara is a part. We must participate to show that we are part of this town. It was great team work to put our parade entry together during a holiday weekend and hot weather. I would like to thank all the team members for their SEWA,” said Jairam Singh Kahlon, the Sikh Religious Society President.
“The purpose of our participation is to celebrate America’s Independence Day, and proudly display our Sikh American community heritage and culture. It’s a great opportunity to create awareness about Sikhs,” said Rajinder Singh Mago, the float entry coordinator.