Chariot dancers’ Crawley street parade

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A chariot will make its way across Crawley town centre with singers and dancers as part of a 5,000-year-old Indian street festival.

The seventh annual Festival of Chariots will start in Queens Square at 12pm on Saturday (August 9).

The chariot will be pulled around the Memorial Gardens and back to the square at around 2pm.

Various cultural stalls and a free vegetarian feast will be put on during a stage show in the bandstand until 4pm.

The attractions in Queens Square will include singing and dancing, mantra meditation, yoga, cultural stalls with henna tattoos and children’s face painting.

The event was organised by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, better known as the Hare Krishnas.

The festival, which is also known as Ratha Yatra, originated in India and is considered the oldest street festival in the world. It represents the deity Krishna taking the form of Lord Jagannatha, who rides the chariot.

The picture shows last year’s festival.