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Auroville celebrates a parade of lights in large numbers

Auroville – Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Auroville on Saturday for the Auroville Parade of Lights. The sidewalks were packed.

Organized by the Downtown Auroville Business Administration, the event included more than 30 floats decorated with colorful Christmas lights and inflatables. Many people arrived early with camping chairs to take in the nice view.

Oroville Mayor Chuck Reynolds started the program with his wife, Sandy Reynolds, driving a Ford Mustang; Auroville historians Alberta Tracy and Daniel Ballard.

Connie Foley, a longtime resident and nurse, said she has lived in Auroville for 20 years and has never seen so many people in the city.

“It’s a good turnout for this year. I went 2 years ago before COVID and it was nothing like this,” Foley said. “There are more streets clogged than I have seen in years and years. Considering all that we’ve gone through, I mean look at it. It’s amazing.”

Foley attributes the parade’s popularity to the new population that has moved here since the Camp Fire in 2018.

“New people who are here who have come for fire issues, we’re seeing it here,” Foley said. “It’s not just those who have been here for 20 years. It’s people who have moved on to the younger generation, all mixed up.”

Foley was at the Parade of Lights with her 9-year-old son, Brian Foley.

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