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Alexandria's Holi Fest

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Downtown Alexandria celebrated a colorful and ancient Indian tradition. News Channel 5's Steven Maxwell tells us why  they were celebrating and who it helped.

Spring is a colorful time of year, and one Indian tradition is taking the color in Spring to a whole new level.

"You come out, you be with your friends, you throw color and you be happy," said Amy Pillarisetti, Event Coordinator. "It doesn't matter who you are playing with, if I put this on you you don't know me it is okay."

It is Holi Fest in downtown Alexandria. A celebration of Indian culture and the beginning of a new season.
"You know we do everything. We celebrate fourth of July, we celebrate Christmas," said Pillarisetti.  "We want them to be a part of us."
Holi Fest is celebrated all over the world and is most commonly known for its color runs.  But all proceeds from this festival's 3-K run go to the court appointed special advocates, or more commonly known as CASA, for children.

"I feel if 90 percent of our children in this world are safe and in a home that is safe, I feel our future is good all over the world," said Pillarisetti.

Now it is not only a celebration of Indian Culture, but a time for everybody to come together and have a great time.

"It is fantastic fun for literally all creeds, colors, nationalities," said Eddy Lashney, Pineville resident.  "It is just a time for everybody to get together."
Whether it's the food, dance or colors, this celebration is something you won't see everyday.
"Just something you thought you'd never see on the streets of downtown," said Lashney.
This was the third annual Holi Fest in Alexandria.
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