august, 2021

This is a repeating event

sat14augAll DayJacksonville Beach Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra ParadeFree Vegetarian Lunch and Multi Cultural Parade on the beach!(All Day: saturday) Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

Event Details

Get a taste of
India without leaving Florida on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The Festival of
the Chariots, Bhakti Yoga Culture & Wellness Fest
, an Indian
multi-cultural extravaganza, will take place starting at 11:30 AM at Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavillion located at North 1st Street on the beach. A free vegetarian lunch
will be served from 11:30 AM to 1 PM to all. A parade starts here and also
ends at the same place by 4 PM.

 The parade is family-friendly with live music, singing and
dance.  The procession route is about 2
miles long and can be easily walked by all age groups. The parade will move in
a leisurely fashion, stopping here and there along the route, giving way to
song and dance.  The procession’s unique
feature is a huge chariot with a blue, red and yellow canopy decorated with
swans, lotus flowers, flags, Hanuman and a brass chakra on top.  This chariot has two very thick ropes
attached to it that are over one hundred feet long. These ropes are pulled by
the parade-goers, propelling the chariot along the parade route.  Riding on the Chariot are the beautiful
Deities of Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra, decorated with stunning silk
outfits & real flowers.  It’s really
something to see.  Accompanying the
procession is lively Indian music and dancing, backed by double-headed mrdanga
drums & karatala hand cymbals.  It’s
an ecstatic, exciting event.

The festival is mainly sponsored by ISKCON Alachua, the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness whose Founder/Acharya, His
Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, came to America from India over
50 years ago and introduced the timeless tradition of the Festival of the
Chariot (called Ratha Yatra in India).
Since the 60’s this festival has been held yearly in over 50 major
cities in the United States, Canada, and all over the world.  Many Ratha Yatras are held yearly in the
state of Florida:  Miami, Jacksonville
Beach, Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Clearwater
Beach & St. Augustine.

 All are warmly invited to attend this joyous, colorful
festival, free of charge. Take advantage of a rare chance to experience the vibrancy
of India, right here in Florida. Questions? Contact:   Bhadra das at 352 316-4560 or [email protected]


All Day (Saturday)


Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

75 North 1st Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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