Written by Betsy Abraham, email@example.com Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
South Broadway was alive with the sound of drums, bhangra music and laughter this past Sunday as thousands gathered to celebrate India Independence Day.
Indian Independence Day is August 15. A parade is held in Manhattan every year, and Hicksville has hosted its own the past two years. Parade committee member Tina Shah emigrated from India when she was in college. She says having the parade in Hicksville saved people the trouble of having to go to Manhattan and allowed them to celebrate Indian Independence Day closer to home.
“The community’s growing so big and so quickly we needed a presence here,” Shah said. “
“People used to travel to Manhattan and now they can come here. It’s convenient. I’m glad we’re celebrating these events in America,” Rajan Nabe said. “When I came here 30 years ago I would have never imagined such a thing was possible.”
In just one year, the parade has grown significantly. Last year they had less than 10 floats, this year they had 17. Groups like the Hicksville Cricket Club, the Young Indian Cultural Group, and the India Assosciation of Long Island proudly marched down South Broadway.
They were also joined by representatives from countries like Poland, Lebanon and Guyana who congratulated India on their independence day. Thousands attended the parade and enjoyed food, music by DJ Kucha, cultural festivities and a dance performance by the BQ Girls.
According to 2010 census data, 20 percent of the Hicksville community is Asian. Evidences of the Indian community are not hard to find. Indian restaurants, grocers, beauty salons and sari shops line South Broadway.
“The Indian American parade is one of the highlights in my district,” New York State Senator Jack Martins said. “It’s a wonderful community at the forefront of entrepreneurship. They’re an integral part of our community and the fabric that is Nassau County.”
“We’re still close to our country and want to celebrate so we can bring our community together,” committee member Shalu Chopra said.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.