King George Square in Brisbane City will once again come alive in a riot of colour and culture on Saturday 28 April 2018 to celebrate the joys and festivities of Eastern Culture. Be part of Brisbane's thriving multicultural community and bring the family and your friends along to participate in an afternoon of free entertainment and wonderful food and activities. The highlight of the festival is the pulling of a huge, beautifully painted chariot through the streets of Brisbane. You are even invited to help pull the chariot.
The Festival of Chariots will involve lots of fun free activities for the family including:
FREE lunch for everyone
art and craft stalls
face painting for the kids
great Indian food and drinks
and much more.
Colourful Costumes (image by May Cross)
Go along and participate in the excitement and festivities. The wooden chariot will depart King George Square at 11.30 am, travel through the streets of Brisbane CBD (Adelaide, Queen and Creek Streets) and return to the Square at 12.30 pm.The celebrations and fun will continue for the rest of the afternoon until 4 pm. For further details, see Festival of Chariots.
Indian Face Painting (image from organiser's website)
History of the Festival of the Chariots
This festival which honours The Lord of the Universe is believed to have originated about 5,000 years ago, in India. The parade is based on a famous story of Krishna from the Indian scriptures. It involves taking the deities or gods on chariots through the streets so that they can offer blessings. The mood should be one of love, harmony and devotion. The Festival of Chariots was introduced to the west in 1967. It is celebrated yearly around the world in major cities such as Moscow, New York, London, Rome, Berlin, Paris, and Brisbane of course.
The HUGE Colourful Chariot (image from organiser's website)