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
Free admission, festivalofchariots.com
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 intoxicants (including alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and other recreational drugs.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.