There were about 20 various booths of food, activities, and entertainment set up vending fresh coconut, watermelon, children’s theater, face and henna painting, history, and much more. There were classical Indian dance performances, kirtans, chanting, and other forms of entertainment on the stage. This year commemorated ISKCON’s 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles Ratha Yatra, which originally began in 1977. These Ratha Yatras have been occurring in the same location ever since.
However, the first ever Ratha Yatra in America was in San Francisco in 1967. This journey has been observed in India for thousands of years and is probably one of the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festivals. ISKCON, this year, celebrates their golden anniversary. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder–acarya of ISKCON, established the first Jagannatha Ratha Yatra outside of India. Ever since then ISKCON has staged Ratha Yatras every year in major cities around the world.