Festival of Colors takes over South Florida

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Attendees pose for a picture at last year's staging of the Holi Festival of Colors in New York (Photo credit: Holi Festival of Colors Facebook)

Get a taste of traditional fun this weekend at the annual Holi Festival of Colors, set for Saturday, March 26, 2016, starting 1 p.m. at the Brian Piccolo Park in Hollywood. Full of singing, dancing and the joyful mess of throwing colored powder and water at each other, this year’s festival continues to honor the deep roots of the local Indo-Caribbean community.

“This Festival of Colors, a traditional event, is exactly how it was many years ago in India,” said event coordinator and president of Jayadevi Arts Inc., Denyse Baboolal. “[But] it doesn’t matter your creed, your ethnic background. This event is for everyone; enjoy yourself, you will be glad you did.”

In its fourth year, the festival promises to be more exciting than ever, full with a serious line-up of performers from Florida and across the Caribbean. This year’s headliners are the ever popular Baithak Gana Warriors from Suriname, led by Rayen Kalpoe. And straight from Trinidad and Tobago, Chutney Soca Monarch semi-finalist Dave Lall will be bringing the heat. Local dance troupes, the Jayadevi Dancers and the Champa Chameli Dance Group, will also be dancing up a storm with traditional and contemporary Indian and Indo-Caribbean dance styles.

For this day of music, dancing and color, there is only one rule – wear something (inexpensive) and white. Or better yet, dress head to toe in white, so you can get fully doused in all the Holi color. Whatever you’ll be wearing will be fully saturated and dyed forever in colored power and water, making a perfect memento for this festive day.

Continuing the celebrations at 7 p.m., Jayadevi Arts Inc. will host Color of Music and Dance concert at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale. This special concert will feature the Baithak Gana Warriors, and performances from many local and international dancers.

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