The South Pasadena Education Foundation celebrated spring with a burst of color at its third annual Color Festival last Saturday in the South Pasadena Unified School District parking lot. A dynamic Scott Moe was Master of Ceremonies of the big event which saw well over 1500 participants throughout the day.
Inspired by the Indian spring festival of Holi, the Color Festival is a celebration of spring for all ages that featured music, dancing, food, henna/flash tattoos, games, and vibrant color throws. People were calling it “exuberant!” and “cathartic!”
Festival-goers were able to purchase small bags of brightly colored cornstarch and invited to play, dance and color each other throughout the day.
As part of the celebration, there were organized color throws, in which participants were asked to toss color into the air in unison and tint the sky in pink, purple, orange, yellow, and blue hues.
The event featured live performances by the cast of Hairspray, the SPMS Dancing Dads and acclaimed Bollywood dancers, along with plenty of food and drinks.
Admission to the Color Festival was $5 per person. Proceeds from the event will go towards SPEF’s efforts to promote excellence in the local public schools. The South Pasadena Education Foundation supports all five South Pasadena Public Schools through an annual gift of over $600,000, as well as through the Teacher Direct Grants and Major Grants programs.
The Color Festival was made possible by the generous support of local sponsors: Menchies, Kona Ice, Mamaste Spiceland, Twohey’s, Rastataco, First Financial, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Kids Klub, SMILE HAUS, FSY Architects, Thinkwell Group, Foothill Federal Credit Union, Oculus Optometry, Westcott Printing and ScholarShare529, Morrow & Holman, Thinkwell, Los Angeles Kubb Club, Dentists of South Pasadena, Family Chiropractic Center of South Pasadena, Kim’s Hapkido Martial Arts School, and Oculus Optometry