What to Expect

On Sunday, August 15th, 2021, ISKCON Detroit will present their 36th 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 3-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 till 3pm, revealing the spiritual heart of India.

Time Event
11:00 am Opening Ceremonies – behind Novi Civic Center
1:00 p.m Live Entertainment
1:30 p.m Site Festival Begins – Fuerst Park (located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft, next to the library)
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 .

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