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Record attendance tops 400,000 at 19th Annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

Record attendance tops 400,000 at 19th Annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

ORGANIZERS of the Surrey’s Khalsa Day Parade (Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan) on Saturday said they are thrilled to announce that in excess of 400,000 guests of all cultures and religions came together to celebrate a peaceful, family-oriented day full of performances, live music, and decorative floats.

This was the 19th year of this spectacular event, the largest Vaisakhi parade in the world. This year’s event attendance was record-breaking, report the Surrey RCMP.

The procession featured 19 floats representing local Sikh schools, community groups, humanitarian organizations, as well as the most important float in the procession that carries the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Scripture).

As always, the festivities were volunteer-driven and exemplify the pride and enthusiasm of the Sikh community in sharing their rich culture and history. And as always, the festivities were free and open to all, the organizers noted.

The organizers thanked all attendees for their participation. Planning will now begin for the 2018 celebration.

Photos by Natasha Combow

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