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Sikhs to take part in US Independence Day parade

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Sikhs to take part in US Independence Day parade

TV Parasuram (PTI)

Washington, July 3, 2005

The US Independence Day parade on July 4, 2005 will for the first time witness the participation of Sikhs who are set to enthral spectators with a traditional martial art performance.

A float carrying a message on the presence of Sikhs in America for the past 100 years would also be part of the parade in which 60 members of the community would participate displaying the martial art 'Gatka,' Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) said.

"Sikh men and women attired in turbans and traditional dress will display their community's patriotic fervour and their attempt to preserve their own traditions and customs in America.

"Many Sikhs are currently serving in Iraq war and also part of the US Armed Forces. After four years of the tragedy of 9/11 which affected the Sikh community, Sikhs will walk with fellow Americans to celebrate the Independence day," it said.

The Sikh community in US has faced hate crimes and prejudice in the aftermath of 9/11.

A special flyer describing the Sikh martial art and the main principles behind this art will be distributed along the parade route.

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