The Original Holifest - Color for Kids, hosted by the Cenla Indian Association, is free and open to the public. Sprinkling colored powder (‘gulal’) on each other is symbolic of breaking barriers – when everyone looks the same, they are all combined for a joint purpose, just like the gumbo that is our local culture! If you would like to join in the fun but aren’t sure what to expect, check out these helpful tips below:
- White white white! Wearing white makes the colors that much brighter, and it also represents the empty canvas of a fresh start!
- Old tennis shoes! You’ll want sure footing in the spray of water!
- Children will likely get wet. It’s recommended they be in swimwear.
- Bring towels, and quick-change wear.
- Swim goggles or sunglasses, trust us!
- Water guns, Super squirters, etc.
- Bandanas for face or hair, colors have been known to tint light hair! Bandanas also will keep colors out of your mouth and nose if it bothers you.
- Bring towels, a change of clothes, or plan to dry in the sun before getting in your car.
- Play ONLY in the zone, please don’t color or spray anyone outside the zone!
- Sunscreen: you’ll be surprised how fast you can burn!
- Dust off all the dry color from hair and body before getting in the shower. Some colors stain when wet.
- If using a camera, protect its lens from colors.
- Seating is limited, so bringing chairs is recommended.
- A cooler with water and other hydrating beverages is okay.
- NO GLASS ANYTHING!
- NO electronics in color zone, lots of water + lots of color = kaput electronics!!
- DO NOT color or spray outside the zone! Lots of folks just enjoy watching, please respect this and have fun inside the zone only! However, if you’re in the zone, you’re fair game.
- WATCH FOR LITTLE ONES! Parents, please watch your little ones!
- DO NOT throw powders directly into anyone’s face. Sprinkle or stroke them on with fingertips.
- Anyone with breathing issues should stay away from the thick of the dust, wear a dust mask, or avoid altogether. Eyewear and dust protection is recommended. Wherever children are present, adults should monitor, as the children can get overexcited and throw into each others’ faces. A small percentage of people are allergic to cornstarch and should avoid.
- If someone takes a timeout, please respect that.