Regina’s East Indian community is celebrating Indian Independence Day this year with an all-day event in Wascana Park.

“It’s nice when people can come celebrate with us,” Renu Kapoor of the India Canada Association, the organizers of the event, says adding celebrations like this are important to the community.

While these types of celebrations bring the community together, they also open up the community to the rest of the city, Kapoor says.

Last year, the Independence Day celebration brought out thousands and Saturday’s event should be even bigger, she says.

It’s a sign of the growing East Indian population in the Queen City.

“It has really grown in the last two years,” says Kapoor. “It’s unbelievable. Young people are coming here. Even at the University of Regina, the numbers (of Indian students) are really increasing.”

This year’s event kicks off on Saturday in the lobby of the Conexus Arts Centre. From 12-5pm, a number of activities will be on offer, including a selection of Indian food and desserts. Visitors can get a henna tattoo and watch traditional Indian dancing. Admission to the lobby is free.

Starting at 6:30, a Bollywood troupe from Toronto will be performing on the main stage of the Conexus Centre. The singers, dancers and musicians will be offering up a selection of Bollywood showstoppers. Tickets are $25.

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