Indian community of Southern CA participated in Tet Parade on February 9, 2019 in city of Westminster CA. Tet parade is organized by Vietnamese community to celebrate Vietnamese New year every year for last 10 year. It is smaller version of Rose Parade. It is attended by 20000-30000 people and televised all over the World. The Indian community’s participation was organized by Dr Manorama Sharma Gupta, founder and Chairperson of Global Peace Foundation Inc non- profit organization. This was our first participation in the parade. The Parade was represented by few community leaders and community members. Participants were Radhika Patel, Nila Parekh, Dipika Desai, Dr Pammi Bevli, Gurcharan Singh, Colonel Manmohan Singh, Dr Manorama Sharma Gupta, Dr Rangesh Gadasalli and Mira Gadasalli, Anil Parekh, Mona Parekh and Kusum Patel, Dr Madhu S Gupta and Attorney Sadhna True.
There were 92 associations which participated in the parade with colorful floats, marching bands and walking. Indian community had colorful dresses and Indian music in their march and the crowd greeted them by waving and passing comments on their colorful dresses. The announcer announced “Indian Community of Southern CA is glade to participate in Tet Parade and share the joy of New year with Vietnamese community. This is organized by Dr Manorama S Gupta Founder and Chairwoman of Global Peace Foundation Inc a Non-profit organization whose mission is to help needy children and families and prevent drug and alcohol abuse related violence. Last year We donated over 10,000 meals to send all over the world to feed needy children and families. We will show case Indian culture with colorful dresses. We are here to make strong friendship with Vietnamese community. Southern CA has largest Indian community and we are very big in Bollywood.” The whole organizing committee of Tet Parade was very appreciative and thankful to Indian community for their participation. It was a wonderful experience and may be next time we will have large Indian crowd to show our support for other communities.