Festival Of The Chariots

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Get a taste of India with the Festival of the Chariots in downtown St. Augustine this Saturday. The fun begins at 10am in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

The 11th annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade is from 10am-3pm. Mayor Nancy Shaver will inaugurate the procession at 10:15 a.m.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Plaza and returns to the same location traveling about 2 miles through downtown.

The festival is sponsored by ISKCON Alachua, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness whose founder/acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, came to America from India 50 years ago and introduced the tradition of the Festival of the Chariot (called Ratha Yatra in India).

Since the ’60s, the festival has been held yearly in more than 50 major cities in the United States, Canada and all over the world. Eight Ratha Yatras are held yearly in Florida: Clearwater, Jacksonville Beach, Tallahassee, University of Central Florida, Tampa, University of Florida, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.

All are invited to attend free of charge.

For information, call Bhadra das at 352-316-4560 or go to festivalofchariots.org.