July 27, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Festival of the Chariots – Tomorrow

Setting up has begun on Ocean Front Walk for tFestival of the Chariots Set Up 2he 39th Annual Festival of the Chariots Parade. The event takes place in Venice tomorrow, starting at 10am.

Three ornate thirty-foot chariots will parade from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to a colorful festival site in the park on Ocean front Walk at Windward Ave.

Music, exotic Indian dance, and educational exhibits on bhakti-yoga and east-Asian culture will be part of the free exhibit.

There will be family and children activities, the popular Govinda’s Gifts tent, free yoga lessons, a variety of exotic and traditional vegetarian food tents, as well as a free feast booth to serve 10,000.

The free festival is hosted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and each year it continues to draw a crowd upward of 50,000 to Venice. First initiated in 1977 by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who instructed his disciples to hold a grand parade and distribute free vegetarian food as an offering to God, to share the love of God, as a part of the tradition of India.

During the parade the crowd sings and dances, as volunteers pull  the chariots. The idea that the huge chariots are pulled simply by the devotional enthusiasm of the crowd. They contain no motors. It is the traditional rumor among festival goers that by pulling the thick ropes one is able to pull God close to one’s heart and drive out all unwanted things.

These same forms parade every year through the ancient seaside city of Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, India. The Los Angeles version of the Festival of the Chariots is inspired by this original version held in Puri for over a thousand years, attended by a crowd of one million annually.

Related Posts

Umami Burger Coming to Venice

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Popular burger restaurant moving into former Komodo space on Main Street By Kerry Slater Umami Burger is coming to Venice...

Venice Car-to-Car Shooting Leaves 18-Year-Old Dead

July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

LAPD investigating Monday incident By Sam Catanzaro Police are searching for a driver wanted in connection to a car-to-car shooting...

Edify TV: Closing Expo Line Bike Path Gap?

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

Plans are in the works to close a frustrating gap in the Expo Line Bike Path. Learn more in this...

Venice Boardwalk Encampment Resident Arrested for Violent Attack Against Elderly Performer

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021

LAPD announce the arrest of 45-year-old Macio Harger By Sam Catanzaro Police have arrested a homeless man for the violent...

Factors to consider before joining an online casino

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Online casinos are incredibly popular these days, especially since most parts of the world have been forced to stay in...

Can cannabis change the way you’re thinking?

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

The popular narrative that some of the greatest musicians in the world created music while under the influence of hallucinogenic...

​Mistakes to avoid when choosing an online casino​

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Are you looking to find an online casino to play at but are completely new to the scene and have...

Tokyo-Style Pizza?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

The Rose Venice’s Jason Neroni announces plans for former A-Frame space on Washington Blvd. By Kerry Slater A Venice-chef is...

Restaurant Spotlight: Tar And Roses Serves Up Wood-Fired Cuisine, Earthy Wines With Reopening

April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

Popular SM restaurant back up and running By Toi Creel Far too many restaurants have fallen victim to the pandemic....

How Southern California Residents Can Practice Sustainability

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

Los Angeles is known as a car city, but that doesn’t mean LA and other counties in Southern California can’t...

Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Windward Circle

March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Three-story townhouse project with restaurant planned for Main Street in Venice By Sam Catanzaro A developer wants to replace two...

Puppy Stolen at Gunpoint Near Venice Beach Boardwalk

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Shepherd puppy stolen over weekend in Venice A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return...