Last Sunday marked the first Sunday after the first full moon of the Hindu calendar. The Hindu festival of Holi is the festival of color, welcoming of the spring, and the triumph of good over evil. Richmond Hill is the host to this West Indian tradition, which happens to be the largest of its kind in all of North America. The heavily Guyanese and Trinidadian community dance in celebration as they welcome their new year.
Community Activist and City Council front runner in District 28 in Queens, Lynn Nunes, has been a long time supporter of the parade. Walking along side the Grand Marshalls this year, Mr. Nunes gladly held up the Happy Holi banner. “Thanks to the HPFC and the great people in our community, this tradition has been upheld for twenty years”, said Nunes, “the spirits are high as family and friends paint each other with dye and powder; it is a truly memorable experience”.