I had a blast at Holi Fest 2014 throwing colors, dodging water, and watching people go crazy. It was a nice day for some family fun downtown with Bollywood hits filling up the narrow and crowded street. There was a race in the morning and by the time I arrived it had finished and people were waiting for the next part to start. Things quieted down as Mayor Roy and Amy Pillarisetti (Cenla Indian Association) gave a few words… (SKIP TO THE END FOR PHOTO GALLERY)
Then off to the side came the fire truck from the Alexandria Fire Dept. which opened up and started soaking everybody. People were running through the water, pouring buckets over eachother, dancing and all sorts of other activities that happen when large volumes of water suddenly occur. There was probably about 100 people there, all ready to cover each other in colored powder (scented as well I noticed). This was my first time going and admittedly I went mostly just to get some unusually colorful photos but I couldn’t help getting roped into the action. At one point my camera was dripping with water but it’s “weather sealed” so it was OK a few minutes later. Otherwise I managed to stay kind of untouched. I say untouched because what I got was nothing compared to some people…..
So overall I had a great time and I think that the photos turned out well after all so I’m definitely glad I went. In fact I’m already looking forward to next years 😉 Leave comments below if you like the photos or have any suggestions/questions. Also a huge shoutout to the Cenla Indian Association for putting together such a fun event and for sharing some Indian tradition with the whole community.
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