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The Festival of the Chariots included a free feast for thousands, free entertainment, and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture.
Photo by Roger Morante
The Festival of the Chariots included a free feast for thousands, free entertainment, and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture.

Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Festival Of The Chariots Takes To The Streets Of Santa Monica, Venice Today

Posted Aug. 3, 2014, 9:11 am

Mirror Staff

The annual Festival of the Chariots commences at 10 am today 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.

The festival will arrive at Venice Beach at noon.

The Festival of the Chariots includes a free feast for thousands, free entertainment and exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture.

The festival celebrates Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, and is put on by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

The Festival of the Chariots is now performed in every country across the world and dates back thousands of years to Jagannatha Puri, India.

For more information, visit http://lalive.info/fofc/information.html.

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Aug. 4, 2014, 12:39:11 pm

Teechr. said...

Dear Editor, Yesterday I left home around 9:30am for a 10am meeting on the other end of Ocean Park Blvd. I live in the beach track west of Main Street. As I was turning onto Neilson Way, I saw a small sign that read "road closed." The road was not closed at Main and Ocean Park, so I went on my way, thinking there was street repair or something. I left my meeting early because I had another event in Sunset Park at 12:45. The traffic going toward the beach was crawling. Main Street was closed. I followed the trail of cars turning left on Second Street. Each block was closed off. I could not get home. I finally found a police officer who told me some kind of festival was going on, but that the streets farther down were still open. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Somehow I ended up on Brooks Avenue among throngs of people, cars, bikers, and TOUR BUSSES, some those busses being the size of school busses. I was finally hemmed in at (I think) Pacific and Market streets while the procession, which included hundreds of people, a small tour bus, and the parade itself crossed to wherever the event was being held. Somehow I was able to get to Hampton Avenue and decided that the on.y way to get home was to get to Pico and Fourth streets and find. Y way from there. On Hampton, people were trying to make me donate or give me books. I was polite, but it was really hard to be polite (thanks, theater training!) I made it to Fourth and Bicknell and was finally able to get home by about NOON. I am not against the Festival. I have been to several of them. But there has to be more advanced notice for this event so those of us who live by the ocean can either stay home or plan an alternate route that does not include what I went through. Thanks for reading.

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