May 19th, 2018 Rathayatra Parade in Downtown Winston Salem . Starts at 11 AM from Pilot View and N Broad St, ends at Winston Square Park.

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Welcome to the Ratha Yatra NC – Festival of Chariots and Festival of India

On Saturday, May 19th 2018 ISKCON NC presents Festival of the Chariots (Ratha Yatra) parade down the streets of Winston Salem.

  • The procession begins promptly at 11:00 am from Pilot view and N Broad St. Please check parade route map here.

  • Following the 1.1 mile parade, a grand celebration awaits the crowd, including an exhibition showcasing India´s spirituality and culture.

  • Festival site is Winston Square Park.

  • Visitors can expect an event filled with colorful floats, traditional costumes, Hindu rituals, unique music, and dramas.

  • The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique cultural, educational displays and exhibitions, cooking demonstrations,as well as a COMPLIMENTARY feast, revealing the spiritual heart of India.

Don’t Miss Kirtan Yoga Fest Debuting At The Festival Of Chariot This Year.

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Replications of this festival take place all over the world, including in London, New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto .

  • Over one million people participate in this thousands year-old Indian celebration, so don’t miss out on the FREE opportunity to learn about the fascinating culture of India .
  • Everyone is invited to bring their family and friends to experience this extraordinary event and commemorate in an ancient tradition. All are welcome and admission is FREE.


Ratha Yatra literally means Chariot Festival. Ratha Yatra originated over 2,000 years ago in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri India in the state of Orrisa. The festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s return to Vrindavan in response to the longings of his most intimate devotees. Sri Krishna, his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra are brought from Their temple and placed upon three large, gorgeous chariots which are pulled by devotees, accompanied by melodious chanting of the Lords Holy Names. Millions of people from around the world descend upon of Jagannath Puri every year to celebrate this colorful and ecstatic festival.

Ratha Yatra was first performed outside of India on July 9, 1967 in San Francisco under the supervision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. Today the Festival of Chariots is held in more than one hundred locations around the world.

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