I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other media: smiling people in clouds of colored dust or jets of bright paint, their clothes and bodies covered in a palette of pigments. Sometimes they’re running a 5K; sometimes, they’re dancing to dubstep at an outdoor arena. Whatever the activity, they are getting covered in color and having a great time. It’s a technicolor trend that’s been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and it’s growing fast. Apparently, people really like getting “rainbowed”.
Here’s a rundown of some upcoming color events happening across the Southeast:
Actually, to call them “races” is probably a misnomer because events like this are not timed and are really just for fun. You’ll find most people walking with friends or jogging at a leisurely pace to the finish line (often in crazy outfits). At the start, participants are dressed in white. The run takes them through color zones, where people are waiting on the sidelines to douse the runners in a blaze of colored powders (powders are made of cornstarch and are non-toxic). The big finale at the finish line is a huge, celebratory, explosive color cloud, where the goal is to get as much color on yourself as possible and just have fun. It’s also a great photo opp!
If you think you might like to try a color run, first read this list of 25 things to know before you do it.
These events vary greatly but the three things they always have in common are lots of great music, dancing and colorful paint blasts.
“Life in Color” bills itself as the world’s biggest paint party. Here’s how they describe their spectacular show: “we transport fans into the ultimate, mind-blowing, heart-pumping, electronic dance music experience, featuring the world’s biggest DJs, art, soaring aerial acts, stilt walkers, contortionists and fire shows…leading up to the famous paint blast.”
Sept. 12 | Nashville, TN
Sept. 13 | Raleigh, NC
Glo Paint Party
Get your glow on at The Neon Paint Party, featuring electronic dance music, awesome DJs, black lights and gallons of neon paint. Events are for the 18+ crowd and are held at the hottest venues in the Carolinas.
With its origins in India, the Color Festival was initially inspired by an ancient Hindu practice known as Holi, the “Festival of Colors”, which would usher in the Springtime. It was meant as a happy reminder to put away bad feelings and throw worries to the wind. People would ceremoniously throw colored powders into the air, filling the sky with bright clouds of color.
The Color Festival is an all-day celebration of music, dance, fresh vegetarian cuisine and yoga, featuring their world-famous color throws which urge everyone to embrace happiness and love. All ages welcome.
► Additional dates and cities to be announced
So, what’s the point of all these color events?
Judging from all the smiling people having a great time, it’s just all about letting loose, being happy and getting RAINBOWED!