[Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, July 8th, 2019]– Ann Arbor Marathi Mandal (A2MM) joined Americans in their Independence Day festivities at ‘Ann Arbor Jaycees fourth of July Parade’ on July 4th, 2019 at 10:00 AM. A2MM, a non-profit organization established in 2006, became the first Indian organization to be given an opportunity to participate in this procession. Participants wore traditional Maharashtrian attires and carried the Indian and Maharashtrian flags in the parade. The tunes of dhol, tasha and lezim – the traditional Indian musical instruments used in grand Indian processions, were one of the main attractions of the event and were performed by Shiv Shardul Percussions group.
“What better opportunity to celebrate both the cultures! This was an amazing occasion to promote Marathi culture to not only the Indian community but also to our American friends – the goal on which A2MM was founded!” said Bhushan Kulkarni, Founder Member & Trustee of A2MM. Amit Mandhare, President of A2MMadded, “We felt proud and honored to be granted this opportunity to represent India and Maharashtra on such a prestigious platform amongst the many international communities. The event was a huge success and a unique experience for everybody.” About 100+ volunteers were prepping for this procession for a month and were eagerly waiting for this July 4thparade!
A2MM is a non-profit organization established to enhance, nurture and promote Marathi Culture and values through festivals, cultural events, musical performances and dramas. Conceptualized and started in April 2006, A2MM aims to perpetuate socio-cultural values and our history and traditions not only in our community but amongst all Maharashtrians in the USA. The organization also setup a Marathi school in 2014 that has received a ‘seal of biliteracy’ from Michigan Department of Education.
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