The eighth Festival of the Chariots or Ratha Yatra is set to roll in Liverpool on Sunday 29 June. Ratha Yatra is now celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world with festivals in New York, Toronto, London, Durban and even St. Kilda.
It's one of the oldest street parades in India and is celebrated with great fun and fanfare at the Indian city of Puri. The sea of people in the procession call out for Lord Krishna's attention as they await their turn to pull the cart. Just like the original festival in India, it is celebrated with all the glitz you would expect with a richly decorated and bejewelled chariot (in reality an engine-less 10 tonne Isuzu truck) and a huge procession of devotees.
Happy people lead the procession up Bigge Street Liverpool
The street parade route starts at Bigge Park around 10.00 am and rolls along Moore Street, George Street, Scott Street and Northumberland Street before returning to Bigge Park when the festivities begin. There will be cultural shows with classical Indian dancing and music. There's also a variety of cultural displays, and best of all, a free vegetarian Indian food feast. After all that hard work pulling the chariot, you deserve it.