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Fremont, CA – The 30th Festival of Globe Silicon Valley’s annual India Day Parade took place here Aug. 21.

The State of Madhya Pradesh’s float in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
The State of Telangana’s float in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Deepika Singh from Haryana State (left) dances next to her groups float during the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

Crowds gathered along the sidewalk and streets of Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont eager to see the parade. Some viewers rushed onto the street to take selfies against the backdrop of colorful dance and music.

Grand Marshals actors Meghna Raj and Abhimanyu Dassani wave to the crowd at the Festival of Globe (FOG) India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Daya PV (center) leads a group of drummers at the Festival of Globe (FOG) India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

Grand Marshals actor Abhimanyu Dassani and actres Meghana Raj were on-hand ready to greet fans and add a splash of glamor. Floats represented various Indian states showcasing the diversity of India.

A man dressed as a butterfly, symbolizing marriage and love in Bengali culture, walks with the West Bengal float in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Participants from the State of Karnataka participate in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

The parade also featured Shaolin martial arts demonstrations and the Mission San Jose High School’s marching band. The vibrant event celebrated the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence.

Lisa Gillmore, Mayor of Santa Clara and Raj Salwan, Vice Mayor of Fremont, participate in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
California Assemblymember Ash Kalra participates in the FOG India Day Parade in Fremont, CA. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

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Sree Sripathy

Sree Sripathy is a writer, photographer and disability advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2022 CatchLight Local Fellow and part of the California Local Visual Desk program. Sree also...