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Fourth Annual Ratha Yatra in Clearwater Beach

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The fourth Annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, will take place on the beach at the Pier 60 Pavilion (1 Causeway Blvd) on Clearwater Beach from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  Click here for map. The Ratha Yatra parade, also know as the Festival of the Chariots, will begin at Pier 60 at 1pm.  There will be activities and entertainment for every member of the family including a free feast for all who attend. Mayor George Cretekos will be attending this festival.

This festival is getting bigger each year. Last year 1,000+ plates of prasadam were served. Lord Jaggannatha's select few servants were serving prasadam until 10 PM.

  • Bus Leaves Alachua at 9:00 am
  • Kirtan in front of deities 12:30 pm
  • Festival of the Chariots Parade 1:00 pm
  • Free 5 Course Feast 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Cultural Program - 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Swimming at the beach 5:00 pm

Additional Information:

The Ratha Yatra parade will be choreographed. This will provide a more beautiful presentation that is also greatly appreciated by the Clearwater Visitor’s Bureau. We are asking all devotees to please arrive in their nicest devotional clothes, for mrdanga players to bring their own drums and wear a turban, and for children to come dressed sweetly as cowherd boys and girls. This year, for the pleasure of our participants, we will also be providing a decorated vehicle for young children and their families to ride together in at the back of the parade. After Rath yatra and cultural program, you can join swimming with other devotees.

Bus Transportation from Alachua

Pay here to reserve your bus tickets. The buses will be boarded at 8:45 a.m and leave at 9 a.m. Bus fare is $15. For more information text Saci at (352) 215 – 1451 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Location

Planning to drive: See map: Google Maps

Get Involved

The Festival of the Chariots is all about bringing the Lord into your heart.   And nothing says that more than utilzing your specific abilities and desires in the Lord’s service.

Ratha Yatras provide a unique opportunity for all types of service . . . so no matter your age, your skills, your interest, there’s a specific service awaiting you, a service that will only manifest if you get involved and make a difference.

Please take the time to look over our service listings, but don't stop there...if you have something you'd like to do or offer, that isn't listed, please let us know. We’re inviting everyone! Let’s make these festivals visually stunning, impressionable and exciting, so that everyone who crosses path with the Ratha Yatra has a positive, life-changing and memorable experience.

Donate

This festival is only possible by donations of kind donors. All Donations to "Festival of Chariots, ISKCON of Alachua County, Inc." are tax deductible. We are 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity organization. Our IRS tax id is 59-2710464.
Prasadam $1350
Cookies and Dryfruit distribution during procession $300
Flowers $500
Cart Transportation, Maintenance, Truck Payment $1200
Permit & Security $500
Sound System and Cultural Program $600
Subsidized Devotee Transport by bus $500
Miscellaneous (Printing, Publicity, Water, Drinks, Plates, Cups, Spoons,  Video etc.) $1000
Other - Kitchen usage, insurance, cleaning, subsidize books $250

Total

$6200
Prasadam
Flowers
Cart Transportation, Maintenance,
Truck Payment
Permit & Security
Sound System and Cultural Program
Devotee Transportation
Miscellaneous (Printing, Water,
Drinks, Plates, Cups, Spoons,
Insurance, Video etc.)
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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 21:08