The Festival

The Festival of Chariots is back for 2017!
Brisbane CBD comes to life with the Festival of Chariots Saturday 6th May. Meet us at 11:30 am in Queens Park to participate in our unique and jubilant street parade. From here, our massive hand-drawn chariot will traverse Elizabeth, then Creek and Adelaide Streets amidst a fanfare of song and dance.

Awaiting us in King George Square from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm will be a colourful cultural fiesta. Step back in time to experience the culture of the East, with live music, yoga, market stalls, kids’ activities and face painting, henna, stage plays, cooking demos, and delicious, food and sweets. Bring your whole family for an exciting and colourful day.

Street parade 11:30 am – Starting at Queens Park – Festival 12:30 am till 4:00 pm – King George Square

The Story

The chariot festival of Lord Jagannatha (the Lord of the Universe) originated 5,000 years ago in India on the East Coast of Orissa, in a city called Jagannath Puri.

This festival involves taking the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra on hand-drawn chariots through the streets. On this day the deities come out of the temple to offer blessings to all living entities. This festival is performed in a mood of love and devotion and evokes auspiciousness, harmony and good will for all!

The Festival of Chariots was introduced to the west in 1967 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. This festival is now celebrated annually in major cities such as Moscow, New York, London, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Johannesburg and many more!

The Team

The Festival of Chariots is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers who all belong to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also well known through their charity arm – The Hare Krishna Food for Life. A passionate and talented group of people, they have already had experience with other major festivals like the Golden Moon Festival in Forest Lake, Spring Flare in St Lucia and the Le Carnaval Spirituel travelling show.

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