Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 2016 breaks record with over 350,000 in attendance (PHOTOS)

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Vaisakhi, the harvest festival of India’s Punjab region and the marker of the first solar month of the Punjabi calendar, was celebrated with a parade this weekend in Surrey. More than 350,000 people of all cultures came out on Saturday to watch the 18th annual parade, making it the largest attended event in the parade’s history.

This year’s parade featured 19 floats and Vancouverites showed up to watch performances, listen to live music, and eat delicious (free) food.

Image: Twitter / @HarjitSajjan

SEE ALSO: 23 photos of Vancouver's Vaisakhi parade 2016

In case you missed it, here are 21 photos of Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade for 2016.

The Man, the Myth, the Legend

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#vancouver #vanig #hkig #hongkong #604 #852 #surrey #vaisakhi #happyvaisakhi

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#vancouver #vanig #hkig #hongkong #604 #852 #surrey #vaisakhi #happyvaisakhi

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Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 2016.. #surrey #vancouver #vaisakhi #vaisakhi2016 #britishcolumbia #vancitybuzz

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Am I in India?? #nope #surrey #vaisakhi #parade

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#vaisakhi #selfie #besties

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#vaisakhi #cottoncandy #pink #matches #aesthetic Hahahaha Sonia it was #meanttobe

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Happy #Vaisakhi from @lbmg_van | we are so honored to be here in #Surrey today | #VaisakhiParade

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#vaisakhi bonding with the Mayor.. another gorgeous outfit by @madeinindia_surrey

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The 2016 Surrey Vaisakhi Parade and festival. This Saturday, April 23rd. The Surrey Vaisakhi Parade celebrates the Punjabi New Year in mid-April every year and attracts up to 300,000 people. Also known as the Surrey Khalsa Day Parade, the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade is in fact one of the largest of its kind in the world – outside the Punjab – and a must see experience for Vancouverites. It’s certainly not an event just for people of East Indian and Sikh backgrounds – it’s an amazing event for everyone! The parade starts at 9:30 am, with events finishing back at the Temple by around 4 pm For more info and to read about the history of this event visit: Vancouversbestplaces.com #vaisakhi #surreyvaysakhiparade #vancity #vancouver #vancitybuzz #vancouverdt #vancouversun #yvr #yaletown #bclions #coalharbour #dtvancouver #eastvancouver #georgiastraight #gastown #hellobc #kitsilano #kerrisdale #northvancouver #pointgrey #stanleypark #westend #westvancouver #604 #boredinvancouver #hellobc

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