Queens: The Phagwah Parade, a popular local celebration among the Indo-Caribbean Hindu community is returning this year.
Scheduled to be held on March 26, it will be hosted by The Federation of Hindu Mandirs at Richmond Hill.
Participants will dress up in all white and throw colours at each other, much like the Hindu popular festival of Holi. It is supposed to symbolize the advent of spring and the defeat of the evil.
Last year it took a turn on the path of controversy due to the simultaneous applications from two different organizations hoping to bag in the charge of the event. Unfortunately, NYPD was pressurized by the two competing applicants, which ultimately led to the cancellation of the parade.
Referring to the celebration, parade organizer, Romeo Hitlall commented that the event is really crucial as it attracts a large number of people from all over the country.
While another parade organizer, Naidoo Veerapen said, “We hope that all competing parties can see the value and benefit of us all having a great parade”. (Image Courtesy: youtube, Source Courtesy: NY1 News)