Spring Flare

Sunday we got to celebrate Spring in a very special way. By throwing powdered paint at random strangers.

IMG_0904  IMG_0917_2  Let me explain. With the upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane, the city is putting on all sorts of cultural events. Spring Flare was inspired by the Indian festival called Holi which celebrates the human spirit. I’m not really sure what that means but I do know that when I was a little girl living in India we participated in the festival.

We didn’t really know what to expect from Spring Flare except that there was live music, food stalls and you could buy pouches of paint to throw. And it was free. We always like free.

So we met up with our friends at a bar along the river for some beverages and then we headed toward the botanical gardens where the event was held at the Riverstage.

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we saw this little guy on the walk over

There was no line to get in and $20 got us six different colors of paint. People everywhere were covered in paint and dancing to the different bands and DJs that were one stage.

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Every hour on the hour they would have a color countdown and then everyone would throw their colors all at once. It looked like a giant smoke cloud of color.

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It reminded me of a concert at ACL or Summerfest in Houston (except I had no idea who the people on stage were) but with people throwing color everywhere. Here’s some more pictures from our Sunday Funday.

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Trav pouring paint on me mid-picture…

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We had so much fun but after a couple of hours we were ready to head home on the ferry (where they wouldn’t let us sit down) and clean off.