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If your only knowledge of the Hare Krishna movement comes from seeing the robed, chanting people in airports and other public places, then you probably don't know all about this unique religion.
You also may not know that New York City is one of the few cities in the United States that still has an active Hare Krishna population. The American Elm tree in the image below is found in Tompkins Square Park, and is a chanting location for those embracing the Hindu lifestyle.
Each year, the Hare Krishna movement in New York City holds a parade. The 2011 parade will be on Saturday, June 11, and will proceed down 5th Avenue.
The parade itself is unique, as it is one of the few parades that won the right to use 5th Avenue as a parade route after the New York City powers-that-be decided that there would be no more parades other than those that were already considered annual events. The parade is usually not very large, but is still an interesting sight to see.