My 9-year old daughter and I were advised to wear white, but by the end of an afternoon of dancing and dousing at the Halifax Colour Festival, there wasn’t a white patch to be seen! Our skin, clothes and hair were temporarily dyed blue, yellow, orange and red – only the whites of our eyes and our grinning teeth shining through.The exhilaration of dancing while being doused from head to toe in coloured powder is unbeatable. Add a cheerful community of students and young families, plus some activities and games, and you’ve got a great event for your September calendar.
There’s no need to check your watch. At the appointed time, the DJ will call everyone to a central spot and count down. Then – just throw, dance – and be doused! It’s even OK, within reason, to rub powder into your friends’ hair and clothes.
Manufactured in India, the powder claims to be completely non-toxic, non-irritating, smooth, free of heavy metals and biodegradable. The ingredients listed on the package are cornstarch, colour and fragrance. We had no adverse reactions to the powder at all, although one of the bags did smell a bit musty.
The powder goes quickly, but there is additional powder available for sale. My daughter became pretty enthusiastic about ripping open the packets. One or two throws, and it’s gone! If you’re on a tight budget, consider prepping your kids by telling them that it’s not an unending supply (when we visited, extra packets were $5.00 each, or 5 for $10.00)
There are other activities too, including field games such as tug of war. When we attended, there was a fun kiosk sponsored by Halifax Water, where we won a towel in exchange for answering a quiz. The main sponsor of The Halifax Colour Festival is RBC.
Is the festival safe? We thought so! Is it suitable for families of all ages? Absolutely, so go, and get colourful! It’s an experience that your kids are unlikely to forget.
The Halifax Colour Festival promises to be a great day out, especially if the weather is good.
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