International Society for Krishna Consciousness annual event consisting of a parade with three large wooden chariots from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square and a cultural and religious festival on Trafalgar Square.
Approximately 800 people will assemble at Hyde Park and upto 3000 people will join the procession before it reaches the Square. The procession is very slow moving. The three chariots will go directly onto the North Terrace and pedestrian participants will enter via the south west corner of Trafalgar Square. There is limited and low impact infrastructure on the Square, 3mx3m gazebo’s for info tents and stalls and a small low level platform stage.
Free vegetarian food and juice / water will be available on the south west area of the Square.
This is a medium/low impact event.
Key timings include:
12pm – 2pm: Parade
7am: Set up on Trafalgar Square begins
12pm: Arrival of food
1pm: Stage presentation starts
5pm: Deities depart in cars
5:30pm: Food distribution ceases and stage ends
9pm: Site cleared
Route: Hyde Park > Hyde Park Corner > Piccadilly > Piccadilly Circus > Haymarket > Pall Mall East > Trafalgar Square
Further operational detail:
Road closures will be in place from approx. 11:30am and will be re-opened, as soon as the tail of the parade has passed.
The stage presentation will cease at 5:30pm and de-rig of the event will start at 6pm including the removal of the chariots via trucks.
A full stewarding and traffic management plan are in place, as in previous years, to facilitate the event and the viewing public.
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