Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) Today!

12:49:00 AM By Vijay Teli

Toronto’s 40th Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade on July 14th at 11:00am that will cruise down Yonge Street, beginning at Yonge & Bloor, and make its way down to the lake. During the parade, three ornate, 40-foot tall floats will be hand-pulled by participants amidst ecstatic singing, drumming, and dancing creating a wondrous, carnival-like atmosphere.

 For 40 years, this annual parade has brought the splendour and tradition of India’s spiritual roots to Yonge Street, generating a vibe like no other summer event in the Greater Toronto Area.

Parade Information:
Time: Saturday July 14th 2012 - 11:00 am to 2:00pm

: Starts at North of Yonge & Bloor - in front of the Toronto Reference Library.
And continues south on Yonge St making all the way to Lakeshore Blvd.

Centre Island
After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations will continue for the remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. Festival attendees will be treated to a sumptuous and FREE vegetarian feast along with a host of other family-friendly activities, including:

  • a massive, outdoor tented pavilion
  • acclaimed music, dance, & drama performances
  • a bustling South Asian Bazaar
  • intriguing exhibits on ancient spiritual culture and heritage
  • traditional face-painting
  • an outdoor yoga festival-Yoga Meltdown
  • a fun-filled and educational children’s area

The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, the 40th Annual Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone! 

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