Be sure to mark your calendars and come visit the 41st Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) from July 13th – 14th, 2013 for an unforgettable experience.
The event begins with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people. The festival is open to the public and free for everyone.
Toronto’s 41st Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade on July 13th starting at 11:00am in front of the Toronto Reference Library that will cruise down Yonge Street, from Yonge and 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.
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 and 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 including yoga for children (Register here!)
Attention all kirtan and yoga enthusiasts! The Toronto Kirtan Community has partnered with Yoga Meltdown 2013 again this year! Come join us on Sunday July 14th, 2013 on Centre Island for the 6th Annual Yoga Meltdown, Toronto’s largest, free outdoor spiritual yoga and kirtan exhibition. With free outdoor yoga classes, kirtan, mantra meditation sessions, yoga-inspired performances, vegan cooking demonstrations, a free vegetarian feast, and much more, the Sixth Annual Yoga Meltdown celebrates yoga in a dynamic and uniquely holistic way.
We would love to see you all there to enjoy a FREE yoga class and partake in the festival festivities!
Please register in advance:
The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, the 41st Annual Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone!
YogaMeltdown Schedule July 14th, 2013 – Sunday from 12pm – 8pm
(schedule says an earlier finish but Madhava prabhu’s kirtan always ends late)