Photos: Phagwah Parade

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    Phagwah ParadeRichmond Hill's annual Phagwah Parade, celebrating the New Year,...

Photos by Eric H. Brown

The weather couldn't have been better for the 21st Annual Phagwah Parade on Sunday. Also known as Holi, Phagwah is the Indo-Caribbean Hindu celebration of the new year, and the biggest shindig in North America goes down each year in Richmond Hill, Queens. The huge community gathering is a particularly colorful event—red, purple, orange and green dyes (abrac) are doused on participants to chase away the winter blues, and young'uns often fill up Super Soakers to blast people with the bight powders. Click through the slide show to see all the action.