Kids, cartoon characters parade on R-Day in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) A parade here commemorating the 67th Republic Day of the country on Tuesday saw a large number of school children along with cartoon characters marching away with smile and pride.

The parade was led by a cavalcade of horses trained and provided by the Amateur Riders Club here, along with contingents of security forces from the navy, air force and army.
There were various cultural performances like the Lazim, Bhangra, Gujarati folk songs and more at the event, where Poonam Mahajan and Priya Dutt hoisted the national flag.
Nickelodeon Toons from “Motu Patlu”, “Pakdam Pakdai” and “Dora The Explore” walked the parade, and the entertainment channel’s ‘superkid’ Shiva led the cycle group with more than 150 children. Together, they promoted ‘The Big Green Help’, an initiative for a greener environment.
“We are happy to have associated with Nickelodeon for the annual Republic Day Parade in Mumbai. We loved the Nicktoons being a part of the parade along with the children and marching in respect for the country,” said a source close to the organising committee.
With over 40 schools participating for the parade and more than 20,000 spectators, the channel along with the children had a one-of-a-kind experience to salute the country and honour the heroes, read a statement.