FREMONT -- The Festival of India, a yearly cultural celebration featuring music, dance, food and film, returns to the Tri-City area this weekend.
The two-day event has become a tradition in Fremont, where 1 in 5 residents is Indian-American.
Last year, nearly 50,000 revelers visited the festival, which features a dance contest, games for kids, food booths, musical performances and more, spokeswoman Ritu Maheshwari said.
Performances will feature music from Bollywood, India's popular movie industry, Maheshwari said.
"This festival is colorful and musical and there's something new every year," she said. "So there's always something to look forward to."
The 22nd annual festival will be held at the intersection of Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, organizers said.
Also, a free, daylong health fair will be held throughout the weekend.
A parade is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in Fremont's downtown area. Its grand marshal will be Ayushmann Khurrana, an Indian film actor and singer.
The event is sponsored by the Federation of Indian Associations, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization that has hosted the event for more than a decade.
Though it attracts large crowds, the festival has remained a grass roots event, Maheshwari said.
"We have a large team of volunteers, so it's basically run by the community," she said. "The enthusiasm of the people always shows and that attracts people."
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WHAT: Festival of India
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue, Fremont