Hare Krishna followers in Dublin to celebrate the Lord Jagannath's Street Car Festival, also known as the Festival of the Chariots.

The parade first began in eastern India five thousand years ago and has been celebrated throughout the world ever since. This is the second time the festival has been celebrated in Dublin. 

Paul Murphy, a member of the Hare Krishna community, explains the significance of the festival.

It's basically a street car festival. The idea being that Krishna comes out of the temple and is paraded through the streets in a car so as that more people can see him than would normally see him.

Around twenty five years ago, the Krishna movement spread from India to Western Europe and now has around twenty thousand followers in Europe with three Krishna communities in Ireland, one in Dublin and two in Northern Ireland.  

The parade was followed by a vegetarian feast in the Mansion House, Dublin. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 July 1989. The reporter is Maggie O'Kane.