Ratha Yatra 2017 Parade and Festival Second Beach Vancouver

This was the 45th year of the Parade and Festival, but my first visit. Starting out as a Parade on Beach Avenue by Sunset Beach and ending at Second Beach where the Festival was situated. Of course lots of different Cultures were represented. It was interesting to note that while at the Festival the MC on the Stage explained some of the History on the merging and blending of the Asian and East Indian Culture. Musicians, Dancers and other Performers. What was really popular was the Vegetarian Feast that was offered free to everyone at the Park. The line up was soooo long I chose not to partake but would have loved it if someone had served this Elder. There were many cooking demos, mehndi (henna) tattoos, a market bazaar, balloon artists, face painting, an amusement slide bouncer, and plenty of games that kept the kids entertained throughout the event.

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