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Annual Holi Festival moving to Cumming Fairgrounds
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Thousands attended the 14th annual Sewa International USA Holi celebration on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Atlanta Cricket Fields. - photo by Ben Hendren

Organizers moved the 15th annual Sewa International USA Holi Festival on Sunday, March 15, to the Cumming Fairgrounds in light of complaints and traffic concerns during last year’s celebration.

The colorful and uplifting annual festival urges the community to celebrate the coming of spring and Holi, a Hindu festival originating in India. Several Forsyth County residents said last year that the festival gives growing Indian communities in Atlanta the opportunity to come together and feel closer to home.

Sewa International USA has held the event in Atlanta for the past 14 years, and last year, organizers decided to host the festival at the Atlanta Cricket Fields in Cumming.

The event proved popular, drawing in thousands from Cumming and surrounding metro Atlanta communities. However, organizers were not prepared for the number of people the festival drew in. Limited parking forced heavy traffic outside of the venue on Keith Bridge Road while people lined up to enter the festival. A number of complaints started to stream into the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Atlanta Cricket Fields’ website, the fields only have a capacity of 80-120 vehicles for events as the fields were meant mainly for cricket games. Consisting of more than 33 acres of land along with more than 15 acres for parking, the Cumming Fairgrounds may be able to better accommodate the thousands of expected festival guests this year.

“The fairgrounds will be far better as far as parking goes,” David Broome commented under the event’s page on Facebook. “Looking forward to this.”

The 15th annual Holi Festival will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at the Cumming Fairgrounds, located at 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming. Featuring different events, dances and food, tickets for the event are $5.

Visit sewausa.org/event-3714869 for more information.