HICKSVILLE - Thousands of people came out Sunday to take part in the second annual India Day Parade in Hicksville.

People celebrated their culture and India's 66th year of independence.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was the grand marshal of the parade, and he says he was thrilled to be a part of it.

"Today is a celebration of culture, a celebration of freedom," he said. "It's a wonderful day to unite with old friends and make new friends."