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The Festival of India, presented by Toronto’s famous Hare Krishna Centre, has its roots in ancient India and is coming to Toronto. Close to 40,000 people participate every year in this two-day festival which provides a feast for the mind, body and soul. Weekend festivities kick off with a parade with 40-foot tall floats, singing, drumming and dancing. This year’s parade on Saturday runs down Yonge Street, beginning at Bloor at 11am, and continuing south to Queens Quay.

After the parade down Yonge Street, celebrations continue on Centre Island about noon with the free vegetarian feast. The festival also features an art and culture showcase, dramas, a South Asian Bazaar, exhibits, a children’s area, and much more, ending about 9pm.

Accompanying the festival is the YOGA MELTDOWN on Sunday from 12noon until 5pm: a free outdoor yoga celebration with classes, vegetarian cooking demos, mantra meditation circles and performances.

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