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Hindus celebrate Festival of Lights in Richmond Hill

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Participants on a float from Singh’s Roti Shop wave to onlookers. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Stephanie Harbajan, 4, (r.) of Queens Village gets ready for the start of the motorcade. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Justin Harricharran (l.) gets some assistance from friend Mala Balram. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Nathalia Madho from the Maha Lakshmi Mandir rides in an illuminated vehicle. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Amanda Mahadan (r.) represents the goddess Meenakshi, a South Indian deity. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Kim Ross represents the goddess adhi Lakshmi the ancient form of Maha Lakshmi on a float for two temples - the Meenakshi Mariamman Temple and the PV Amman temple of North America. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A fire burns before the goddess Lakshmi. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants ride a float, which was awarded the top prize of the motorcade. Those who were on the float included: Steve Sooklall, Reshma T., Avi Kempadoo, Ansara Preudhomme, Amanda Mahadan, Norissa La Borde, Analesa Omrow, Sangeeta T., Samantha Samaroo, Kim Ross, Melissa Lakshmi, Kavita Singh, Diane Ramprasad, Sarah Jardine and Lisette Williams. Bharti Tiwari served as costume and float designer. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people celebrated the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - during a motorcade in Richmond Hill. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants represent deities in the Hindu faith while riding a float for two temples - the Meenakshi Mariamman Temple and the PV Amman temple of North America. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants represent deities in the Hindu faith while riding a float for two temples - the Meenakshi Mariamman Temple and the PV Amman temple of North America. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants on a float from Singh’s Roti Shop wave to onlookers. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people celebrated the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - during a motorcade in Richmond Hill. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Trisha Ketwaroo of Indian Majestic Sounds rides on the hood of a sports car. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Youngsters sing Diwali songs as they march along Liberty Avenue. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Justin Harricharran and Jojo Tulshi ride in a float in the motorcade. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people celebrated the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - during a motorcade in Richmond Hill. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people celebrated the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - during a motorcade in Richmond Hill. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants on a float from Singh’s Roti Shop wave to onlookers. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Nathalia Madho from the Maha Lakshmi Mandir rides in an illuminated vehicle. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Chandanie Ramkissoon from the United Community Mandir in Richmond Hill sits inside an illuminated flower. Photo by Christina Santucci

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Richmond Hill Saturday for the annual Diwali Motorcade to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights.

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