Now, the Thames will host the Durga Parade in London

Now, the Thames will host the Durga Parade in London

On the same day as the Red Road celebration, a Durga Parade will be held on the Thames, much like the Durga Puja carnival in Kolkata.

Global Heritage Bengal (HBG), a non-profit organisation in the UK that represents the Bengali diaspora, will float via Westminster, the London Eye, the Embankment, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Bridge, the Tower Bridge, and returning with idols supported by boats decorated with chhau masks. Pujas like Camden and Birmingham Bengali Association Midlands will participate in the event on October 8.
"This is part of our endeavour to promote Kolkata’s Durga Puja as a global tourism destination. We want to convert the Unesco Intangible Heritage tag to something tangible for the state and country,” said Anirban Mukhopadhyay, director, HBG.
Participants include Suborno Bose of IIHM, Anirban Aditya of Aditya Academy, and Techno India Group Chairman Satyam Roy Chowdhury."The carnival couldn’t have come at a more significant time, coinciding with Unesco’s acknowledgement of the festival in Kolkata,” said Ananda Gupta of Camden Durga Puja.

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