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Mar 16, 2008 12:10 PM

Phagwah Parade in Richmond hill

Anyone ever been? I was reading about it on and they listed all the places along the parade route that Indo-Guyanan and Trinidad foods would be available. Places such as Singh's and Sybil's for roti and curries.

I've been to Tandoori Hut on 94th Ave. once. Food was okay but given the ride from Nassau county, not special enough to make additional trips.

Any feedback about the parade and the food would be appreciated.

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  1. In recent years, the police have taken some of the fun out of the parade by banning the throwing of colored liquids and powder during the parade itself - which for many is the whole point of Phagwah/Holi (although there are always some devious kids who try to get away with it anyway). Don't worry though because anyone can throw the colored powder and liquid to their heart's desire at the rally in the park following the parade. Be sure to wear some clothes you don't mind getting very dirty from splatters (and yes, you WILL get splattered). Also be sure to dress warmly, as it tends to be pretty chilly this time of year, making for an unpleasant experience if your clothes get wet.

    I always like to stop at Sybil's for some baked snacks during the parade. (They also have steam-table food to carry out.) Be prepared for long lines.

    It has nothing to do with Phagwah, but for me any visit to the neighborhood is an excuse to buy dried hibiscus/sorrel leaves to make sorrel drink (I like to make it by steeping sorrel leaves with ginger, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and orange zest, then sweetening to taste). It's traditionally drunk around Christmas, but why limit yourself to just once a year? Several fruit/veg markets in the neighborhood sell dried sorrel for a fraction of what you would pay at Kalustyan's in Manhattan.