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When Experience Grand Rapids began working with an organization that would bring 3,000 mostly Hindu attendees to the city, they reached out to Fred Stella, Prachark (which is Sanskrit for Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple.Thanks to news stories about the parade ahead of time, several hundred Grand Rapids residents came to line the streets of the parade, he said, and the joy and excitement felt by those both participating in it and watching it was palpable.“[The parade] was their gift to Grand Rapids,” Stella said. “The attitude [Experience Grand Rapids] had was: How can we meet their needs? “They brought me in for a meeting and had all sorts of questions about what would make [conference attendees] more comfortable and what they need to know about [the attendees] culturally.” Stella said he was happy to help.In fact, the organizing team for BMM 2017, the biannual conference of Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America, also had reached out to him to serve as a liaison.