Venice Beach Chariots Festival

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Venice Beach, CA Festival of Chariots

August 4, 2019, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. approx.

Parade to Venice Beach: The Festival of the Chariots typically starts at approx. 10 a.m. Sunday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proceeds south on Main Street, with three fully decorated four-story tall chariots leading a colorful parade toward the Ocean Front Walk Plaza at Venice Beach.
Free admission, festivalofchariots.com

2019 Entertainment

  • Temple Bhajan Band   Kirtan   Ecstatic chanting
  • Chariots arrives at festival site 12 p.m.
  • Lord Jaganatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra
  • Folk Dances of India
  • Rangashree Dances of India 
  • Karnamrita Dasi and Friends Kirtan Ecstatic Chanting
  • Bharat Natyam Dancers with Shakti Dance Company
  • Karnamrita Dasi and Friends
  • Clytie and Friends - Kirtan / Chanting
  • Temple Bhajan Band
  • Mighty Govinda - Soulful Dance Kirtan
  • Ganga Devi & Vrnda Seth, Sacred Dance Forms
  • Goura Prema, Contemporary Kathak Dance with Vasu, Nakula on Drum
  •  Lokanatha Swami and Friends - Maha Kirtan / Ecstatic Chanting
  • Gandharvas Kirtan
  • Global People Party - DJ Dance Kirtan
  • Deities depart from the festival
  • Festival of Chariots 

The Annual Festival of the Chariots arrives at Venice Beach. The Festival of the Chariots includes free entertainment and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture, plus a free feast as well as sumptuous food options.  The festival is put on by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) or more commonly known as Hare Krishna movement. The Festival of the Chariots is now performed in every country across the world and dates back thousands of years to Jagannatha Puri, India.

The event is an outreach like many around the globe, attracting the curious and interested public seeking to watch the novelty of the parade and see the colorful costumes. Four principles of the religious movement include:

Four principles Bhaktivedanta Swami prescribed as the basis of the spiritual life:
No eating of meat (including fish) or eggs.
No illicit sex: only between married couples and only for the procreation of children
No gambling.
No intoxicants (including alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and other recreational drugs.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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