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Apr 17, 2013 12:42 AM by Associated Press

Fake Chaplins mark actor's birthday in India

ADIPUR, India (AP) - Scores of Charlie Chaplin impersonators in bowler hats tramped through the streets of a small port town in western India at an annual parade to mark the birthday of the legendary comic actor.

Chaplin has an odd resonance in this industrial town. Adipur's only claim to fame is its 40-year-old celebration of the silent era actor.

More than 100 people participated in Tuesday's parade that included brass bands, camel carts and open jeeps.

"Charlie Chaplin is our hero. Every year we celebrate his birthday with a parade," said Ashok Aswani, founder of Charlie Circle, a club that has been celebrating Chaplin's birthday since 1973.

The two-hour long parade winds down with club members performing skits mimicking Chaplin, and with the screening of one of his classic films.

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