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The Festival of the Chariots

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So much to see...so little time to see it all.
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Pull a chariot, sing, dance and feast on free Indian food


Liverpool's festival chariot


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.


Everyone is invited to participate and you can have a go at pulling the chariot, sing and dance or just follow the procession.


The festival aims to increase awareness of Indian culture and art, showcase its rich culture as well as promote peace and harmony among communities.


For me, it's a culturally enriching experience enjoyed in an atmosphere of fun, and good free food.


While in Liverpool, take a walk up the southern part of George Street with its countless Indian fashion shops, spice and sweet shops as well as some excellent restaurants.


Dancing in the streets of Liverpool



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Why? An enriching, colourful and vibrant experience
When: 10am 29th June 2014
Where: Liverpool
Cost: free
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