Phagwah Parade of NY Inc.

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Richmond Hill’s Phagwah Parade, which commemorates the much anticipated Hindu Spring Festival of Holi, will take place this year on April 14. The Parade will end at the Phil Rizzuto Park (Smokey Oval) where there will be a cultural program showcasing the community’s talented artists.
However, as the cost of conducting the Parade continues to rise every year, we are forced to seek the help and support of the community in meeting these costs.
We wish to continue to maintain a well-organized and safe event, and so we cannot cut the basic costs which, include State certified security personnel, adequate supply of sanitary toilets, insurance, rental of equipment to conduct the cultural show, a mobile stage, chairs, tents, generators, bond etc., 
We also have to pay for using the Park, cleaning it and removing all garbage, and power washes the hard surfaces.
This year our expenses will run in excess of $50,000.00, and this is where we need your help.
As you know, the Phagwah Parade is a community cultural event which helps to propagate spiritual ideas of social healing, love, peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Indeed, Spring is a time of renewal and we encourage you to be part of these celebrations, by participating in the event, and also by helping to defray the cost by your kind monetary contribution.
We humbly ask that you please donate generously to the Parade Fund so that we can continue to present Richmond Hill’s premiere street Festival!

 Gratefully,

Phagwah Parade of NY, Inc.
Co-Chairs
Herman Singh & Naidoo Veerapen
Committee Members: Romeo Hitlall, Naro Balli, Vedo Basdeo, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, Pandit Ram Hardowar, Pandit Prakesh Persaud, Navin Phagu, Sagar Rajpal, Balram Rambrich, Anup Ramnauth & Todd D. Greenberg
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Phagwah Parade of NY Inc.
Phagwah Parade 2018

All set for Saturday
April 14, 2018

The Organizing Committee (OC) of Phagwah Parade 2018 takes pleasure in announcing that plans for the 30th Annual Phagwah Parade for Richmond Hill, Queens are currently underway.
Phagwah, or Holi, will be observed on March 2, 2018, and the Parade will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Parade route will be the same as in 2017, with the floats moving off at 12:00 noon from 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue. It will continue to the Phil Rizzuto Park (formerly Smokey Oval Park), Richmond Hill, where a cultural program will take place.
In the previous 29 years of the Phagwah Parade, the organizers have scheduled the event as close as possible to the religious observances. In years past cold weather on Parade day would cause much discomfort to the Parade participants who would either stay away or leave the event much earlier than they would have liked.
The extremely cold weather conditions during the 2017 Parade forcibly brought the issue to the fore again. For the first time in the Phagwah Parade floats were empty, artistes were freezing on stage, die-hard Parade supporters were abandoning the cultural program, organizing committee members were putting their health on the line because they were forced to remain in the Park until the bitter end of the scheduled program. There was not much to show for the huge expenditure and effort.
By our standards, the Parade cost a lot of money, and hundreds of man-hours, to put together, not counting the cost borne by people who travel long distances to be in Queens on that day or those who arrange work & personal schedules just to be in the Parade.... they do all of this and then the event is curtailed because of bad weather. The Committee felt that it should try to ensure that our people get a comfortable and enjoyable Parade with maximum participation, hence the request to our respective Organizations, the Arya Spiritual Center (ASC) and Federation of Hindu Mandirs (FOHM), to approve the delay of a few weeks after the religious observance of Holi, with the expectation that it is more likely to have a tolerable Parade friendly day in April rather than early March.
The members of the FOHM & ASC held in-depth discussions on the matter and after looking at the Hindu calendar, and taking into account that a major Christian observance will also take place in March/April, all parties agreed to have the Parade on Saturday, April 14, 2018
It is well known that Richmond Hill, Queens, is home to the largest Indo-Caribbean (persons of Indian origin from Guyana, Trinidad & Suriname) community in the United States, and we are proud to be able to contribute to the cultural diversity of the greatest City in the world, by organizing and implementing a public celebratory event like this Parade.
We believe that having the Parade on April 14 will not make it less attractive. On the contrary, warmer weather will bring out more people out as the residents of Richmond Hill, and its environs would seize the opportunity to join the celebrations. The Phagwah Parade has acquired its own identity and is the main cultural expression of our people in NYC. We should not allow poor scheduling to stifle its important contribution to the City’s cultural landscape.
This year the Parade will celebrate its 30th Year as one of New York City’s largest street event and the OC is planning to put 30 floats on the streets and to stage a cultural show that will do justice to our peoples’ high expectations. However, great events require higher than normal expenditure, but OC members are confident that the local business community will support the event with generous donations.
We look forward to meeting with you on April 14!!!

Happy Holi!
Herman Singh
Naidoo Veerapen
Co-chairs
Organizing Committee
Phagwah Parade 2018
Phagwah Parade of NY Inc.

(Phagwah Parade Saturday, April 14, 2018)
When - parade formation begins at 10 a.m.
Where - Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Route: Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street > west on Liberty > north on 125th Street > to Smokey Oval Park at 125th Street.
Festival: Music and other cultural performances at Phil Rizutto Park (Smokey Oval Park) after the parade. . Celebration at Smokey Oval Park ends at 6 p.m.
Directions to the Phagwah Parade:
Take public transportation and save yourself a headache. Parking is very limited in the neighborhood.

Car: Van Wyck to Liberty Avenue exit or the Atlantic Avenue exit (better). Head west toward Richmond Hill.
Parking: Try parking on a side street between Liberty and Atlantic, close to Smokey Oval Park, or else on Atlantic. Parking on Liberty is not an option. By noon finding a spot will be very difficult, if not headache inducing.
Subway: A to Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard at Liberty Avenue. Walk east along Liberty.
Bus: Q8, Q10, Q41, and Q112
For more information contact: HERMAN SINGH 347-624-7200*NAIDOO VEERAPEN 917-714-7596*NARO BALI 917-930-8117*
ROMEO HITLALL 917-749-7700*DR. DHANPAUL NARINE 718-501-3189 *VEDO BASDEO 718-308-6705*
BALRAM RAMBRICH 347-610-2173*SAGAR RAJPAL 917-583-0715* PT. RAM HARDOWAR 646-210-2754*PT PRAKESH PERSAUD 516-643-8508*NAVIN PHAGU 917-417-1757 * ANUP RAMNAUTH 917-541-6426
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