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Elephants at Venice Beach

Elephants at Venice Beach

Aug. 24, 1980: Painted elephants and floats parade down the boardwalk during the 4th Annual Venice Beach Festival of the Chariots. The event, sponsored by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, was faced with cancellation when permits originally were not granted by Los Angeles city recreation and parks commissioners.

Only after the Hare Krishna society filed a federal lawsuit did the commissioners relent and issue permits.

This image by staff photographer Bill Hodge was published in The Times as standalone art on Aug. 25, 1980.

The Festival of the Chariots continues to be held every August.

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