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Naperville’s India Day Celebrations

Bright colors filled the air as Naperville was transformed into a different city for the 2nd Annual India Day parade and celebration.

“We are getting people all from Naperville and all around Naperville and we are bringing people together and showcasing the Indian community, and what we are trying to do is we want everyone to join and celebrate as well, we want the whole community to come and celebrate with us,” said Keyur Shah, Secretary of the Naperville Indian Community Outreach.

The event hosted by the Naperville Indian Community Outreach also celebrated the 70th anniversary of India’s independence by kicking things off with a parade, which showcased the rich and diverse culture.

Included in the lineup was popular Indian singer, Sunidhi Chauhan as the Grand Marshal, Mayor Steve Chirico, followed by the city council and various local groups in the area.

And of course the fun didn’t end there. The crowd of about 15,000 people joined together at Knoch Park for a handful of extra activities.

“There’s a lot food, excellent music and a lot of dances, the very colorful people and the Indian culture is so colorful and we are so integrated and we just want everyone to know how beautiful it is,” said Suryaent Khabekar.

Some folks even said the atmosphere felt as though they were in India celebrating, especially with the authentic Indian food.

“I like about the food is really good,” said festival go-er, Prisha Sawhney.

“I like the food because it’s my favorite. I had the choto pitore so those are like Indian bread with vegetable,” said festival go-er, Ayesha Sawhney.

To end the night festival go-ers enjoyed their time with family and friends while rocking out to a free concert by Sunidhi.


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