California suburbs mark Diwali with a parade of lights

Diwali was celebrated with fervor at Roseville, a suburban city of Sacramento in California with a parade of lights. More than 100 Indian-Americans of all ages gathered on November 7 to mark the occasion.

The parade was organized on a nine-mile loop around Roseville. Many local Americans also joined them in the parade. After passing through the historical downtown and many streets of Roseville, the parade concluded with distribution of sweets.   

On November 6, a similar parade event was organized in the neighboring city of Folsom. The parade at Folsom was led by Shivesh Sinha. Folsom City Council Member YK Chalam, Indian Association of Sacramento President Bhaskar Vempati, Telugu Association of Greater Sacramento Vice President Prem Jonnala, Samasti President Hari Gadiraju, and several Sewa volunteers supported the event.    

This was the second annual Diwali parade of light celebrated by the Sewa Sacramento Chapter. The participants drove down from Sacramento suburban cities including Elk Groves, Folsom, Orangevale, Rancho, Rocklin, and Roseville braving the cold weather of November. 

They wore ethnic Indian attire and decorated their vehicles for the parade.  

The event was aimed at supporting SewaDiwali, an initiative to help the local community by collecting and donating food and winter clothes. More than 30 local organizations came together to support 12 food banks in ten cities including nearby cities like Yuba City and Chico. 

“I am honored to be invited to drive in the SewaDiwali festival of lights parade. Roseville has a lot of residents with Indian heritage, and the Sewa group has done some incredible service to those in need in our community.” Scott Alvord, Roseville city councilman said on the occasion.   

Roseville parade lead Prabhakar received a certification of recognition from assemblymen Kevin Kiley on behalf of the community and thanked all participants. Presh Sinha, the chapter coordinator of Sewa Sacramento in his speech explained about Sewa, Diwali, SewaDiwali, and Sewa USA and the purpose of the event.   


Image courtesy of (Courtesy – Sewa Sacramento Chapter)

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