There are very few festivals around the world that provide such an extraordinarily prismatic display as the Hindu Holi festival. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is today a festival of worldwide renown.
Though in India it marks the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring, many around the world today enjoy it for the merrymaking it entails and the vibrant spectacle it provides in the aftermath. Because who doesn’t love chucking powders at their chums and coming out covered head to toe in an amalgamation of colors?
This year Chicagoans will have another opportunity to cake their friends in color at none other than Chicago’s beloved Navy Pier. Holi festival is returning to Navy Pier once again this coming Saturday giving Midwesterners the chance to enjoy the festival’s explosion of bright colors in an iconic Chicago setting.
The free event will kick off in Navy Pier’s Beer Garden at 1 pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 4).
Sponsored in part by the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities, ZEE5 Global, and Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust, Navy Pier’s Holi festival will feature live music, dance, and interactive programming in the Aon Grand Ballroom.
Outside DJs will be playing during the celebratory chaos with the iconic powder throwing last from 1 pm-4 pm.
Though attending the festival and experiencing the spectacle of colorful combatants is completely free, those who want to get involved in the kaleidoscopic carnage will be able to buy different colored powders on-site.
The event schedule featuring various performing artists is as follows:
Aon Grand Ballroom
1:00 pm – DJ Dave Patel
1:30 pm – Bollywood Groove
1:55 pm – Welcome Remarks
2:00 pm – Chitrahar Cultural Academy
2:30 pm – Surabhi Ensemble
3:10 pm – Funkadesi “Light” Ensemble
3:30 pm – Payton Masti
4:00 pm – Funkadesi
Navy Pier Beer Garden
1:00 pm -4:00 pm – DJ Jeet & DJ Krush
Dance Instruction with Meher Dance Company within 1st hour
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