Colourful dry abrack and gulal and talc powder were smeared on the celebrants, many of whom were dressed in traditional Indian garb. Hot food and beverages were served at the back of the crowd in a make shift kitchen on the sidewalk as entertainers performed on stage in front. There were performances of musical bands, tassa drumming, singing, dancing, drama, chowtal gols, and skits.
The event was organized by the Phagwah Parade and Festival Committee headed by Dr. Tara Singh of Canal # 1 and Shrad Kublall of Mahaicony. Several dozen temples and cultural organisations partook in the festivities presenting performances. The festival started around 2:00 and went well past 8:00 P.M.
There was police presence to facilitate the celebration. The program was carried live on the Indo-Caribbean radio station. It was also filmed for TV showing.
There was a continuous stream of people going in and out of the temple compound. Many danced to the fast tempo music and daubed abrack on one another or sprinkled talc powder on each other. The tassa drumming also brought many to their feet.
The organizers catered free meals and beverages for the large gathering that included people of different ethnicities. The food was delicious. Some in the crowd were seen going for seconds. Some had take-away service.
Guyanese-American John Sampson, leader of the NY State Senate, was the Guest of Honor. He described Richmond Hill as his family and referred to the crowd as fellow Guyanese. He applauded the organizers for hosting the celebration and presented awards to Pandit Ramrattan and the children of the late Shri Prakash Gossai for their father