What to Expect?
On Sunday, July 24th, 2016, ISKCON Detroit will present their 31st annual Festival of the Chariots (RathYatra) parade down the major streets of Novi.
The parade festivities begin at 11:00 am at the Novi Civic Center with an opening ceremony including a live musical dance and appearances from the mayor and other dignitaries. The group will then proceed on an interactive three-mile parade, in which thousands of visitors pull a four-story tall chariot by rope. The parade will make its way onto 10 Mile Road from the Civic Center and head west towards Taft Road. Heading south on Taft Road, the procession will approach 9 Mile before returning to Fuerst Park (located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft, next to the library). The grand celebration awaits the crowd, including an exhibition showcasing India´s spirituality and culture.
The festival site will feature numerous tents with various forms of entertainment, a FREE lunch, dancing, live music, shopping, cooking demonstrations, henna, Vedic culture and arts, and many more kid activities. Visitors can expect an event filled with traditional costumes, Hindu rituals, unique music, and dramas. The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique cultural, educational displays and exhibitions, as well as a COMPLIMENTARY feast, revealing the spiritual heart of India.
11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies - behind Novi Civic Center
1:30 p.m. – Site Festival Begins - Fuerst Park (located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft, next to the library)
1:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment
6:00 p.m. – Festival Concludes
There will be plenty of FREE parking at the Novi High School and Novi Civic Center . Restrooms will be available at the Novi Library .
There are many ways to support the 31st Annual Rathyatra Festival in 2016. If you would like to be part of this magnificent event, please click here for donation opportunities.
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31st Annual Rath Yatra
Date: Sunday, July 24th 2016
Time: 11:00 AM Novi Civic Center
Date: Sunday, July 17th 2016
Time: 4:00 PM at Detroit ISKCON Temple
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Date: Saturday, August 6th 2016
Time: 11:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Fuerst Park, Michigan