Celebrate Fremont's 50th Anniversary Blog: 14th Annual Federation of India Festival and Parade

Thursday, August 10, 2006

14th Annual Federation of India Festival and Parade

Come enjoy the mouth watering food... the foot tapping music ... energetic dancing ... and the vibrant culture of India this weekend!

The Federation of India (FIA) will be hosting it's annual festival (mela) and parade on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 at Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut ave in Fremont. Be sure to come and check out the Celebrate Fremont float in the parade!

Through the years, the festival has grown from 5,000 people at its inception to about 60,000 last year. This weekend, organizers say they hope to exceed last year's turnout by drawing more of the 300,000 Indo-Americans living in the Bay Area, as well as those who simply want to learn about South Asian culture.
At a time when the children of immigrants from India are assimilating into American culture, the Festival of India helps remind the next generation about their roots, said Yogi Chugh, vice president of the Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California, which hosts the event.
Although many still see the festival primarily as an event for the Indian diaspora, its organizers hope it also will come to symbolize the diversity of Fremont and the greater Bay Area.

There will be lentil curries, hot out-of-the-oven naan, Bollywood & bhangra dance competitions, clothing exhibitions, and even a medical health fair!

And at about noon on Sunday, you can line up on Liberty and State streets and Beacon and Walnut avenues. This fantastic parade will have floats representing different regions of India and feature legendary Indian actress Poonam Dhillon.

Celebrate Fremont is proud to partner with the Festival of India. Our awesome float will be in the parade! Be sure to wave to us as we pass by!

We can't wait to see you there!