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Here Comes the -- Elephant?

There was a bride, but the focus wasn’t just on her

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    Here Comes the -- Elephant?
    Nicole Ward

    It was quite the spectacle as an elephant adorned in bright colors and sequins plodded along downtown streets Friday.

    Don’t worry; the zoo wasn’t looking for her.

    Tai the elephant, who you may (or may not) recognize from movies, was playing a much different role – in a traditional Indian ceremonial wedding parade.

    The groom boarded the elephant on the corner of State and C St. and then walked along C Street to Columbia where they greeted the families. The elephant proceeded on Columbia to Valet where groom stepped down.

    Here Comes the -- Elephant?

    [DGO] Here Comes the -- Elephant?
    It was quite the spectacle as an elephant adorned in bright colors and sequins plodded along downtown streets Friday.
    (Published Friday, April 2, 2010)

    Upon arriving at the venue of the wedding, the groom was welcomed by a song called "talota." Then the groom knocked on the door of the Westin with his sword and entered.

    Friday’s ceremony was all about the Indian culture, but the celebrations didn’t start out that way.

    The groom, Seti Hillyer, is Indian. His new bride, Neda Rahimian, is Persian.

    "We actually went through the Persian wedding last Sunday," Rahimian said. " Tuesday onward, it's just been a series of Indian events, leading up to today."

    " I think traditionally when you think of marriages you think it's the union between the bride and the groom but I feel like in the Indian and Persian culture, it's more of a union between the families," groom Seti Hillyer said.

    Lanes on State St. and Columbia St. were blocked off during the ceremony. Not everyone was happy about that.

    “I don’t understand why the city would close off the street for any reason, unless the president was here or something,” Michael Lipman said. “I think it’s ridiculous.”

    Lipman said people in his building sat in traffic for 20 minutes to go two blocks.

    Tai is 42 years old and weights 8,800 lbs. She was featured as the main elephant in Operation Dumbo Drop and George of the Jungle.