I'm not sure if it was this little guy's first baraat but I loved watching him participate and look on in amazement at the festivities happening before his eyes. This baraat was an amazing celebration held on Broad Street at the Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. The groom processed through on a stuffed elephant which is much more humane than the traditional live animals that are used. Friends and family danced along to music and the beat of them drum provided by the dohl. Kids danced along while some took turns riding on the elephant. The boy in the photo even has his own drum to use during the parade. After the baraat, the bride's family welcomed the groom with a short ceremony prior to the couple's actual wedding ceremony. The traditional Hindu ceremony was held at the Courtyard Marriott in the Juniper Ballroom which was decorated with natural elements and simple white flowers and trees. Four trees were used as the sides for the mandap that set the stage for the natural elements used not only at the ceremony, but also at the reception to be held later in the evening. This was my first Philadelphia Indian wedding and I am hoping that it is not my last. I loved every aspect of the culture and celebration.
Location: 21 N Juniper St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.