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Indian street fair in North Fulton

July 2009
Indian street fair in North Fulton

Amidst a warm, inviting outdoor setting of a retail strip in Johns Creek/Alpharetta area, on Sunday, May 31st, hundreds of visitors enjoyed an Indian style street fair organized by DesiRoots, Inc. a private organization which has been organizing desi themed events in metro Atlanta. Titled, “Dhol Bajake—A Desi Mela,” the event was a classic summer festival evoking memories of outdoor melas (fairs) in India.

The mayor of Johns Creek, Mike Bodker, the newest city in North Fulton, gave a formal start to the event which introduced locals from the area to the sights, sounds, and tastings of Indian culture. The dramatic bhangra dancers were one of the many performances that several non-Indians, along with the regular desi crowd, stopped by to see. The food ranged from typical roadside fare to fine cuisine from booths by Tadka and Bamboo Garden, the sponsors of the event.

The event showcased cross cultural solo and group performances by various professionals. Colorful costumes, and inflatable rides, the festive booths and tents, a grand food court, the bungee jumping, and inflatable rides all served to create the fun mood that many visitors commented on. Brian Bliss of Liberty Mutual, one of the exhibitors at the event was impressed by the energetic crowd and the tremendous family environment.

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