JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, March 30, 2013 (The Jersey Journal): Thousands of people descended on Lincoln Park in Jersey City this afternoon for the 21st Annual Phagwah Parade and Holi Hai Day festivities, a colorful Hindu spring harvest tradition that is celebrated by revelers who playfully shower each other with various colors of powder.
"The biggest significance of this is that everybody becomes a myriad of colors," said Dayanand Mangru, an executive with the United Hindu Association, adding that on such a holy day there are no racial distinctions. "There is no brown, black, or white."
The parade began around 11:30 a.m. at Audubon Park at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Stegman Parkway as ten decorated floats blaring traditional Indian dance music made their way down Kennedy Boulevard to the fountain in Lincoln Park where the festivities continued into the afternoon.
"The focus is to bring all together in unity," said Gireeraj Beggs, president of The United Hindu Federation of New Jersey which led the organizing efforts for the parade. "As Hindus we believe in the unity of all people."