Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2016 expected to draw thousands

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Vancouver’s Sikh population will be celebrating at this year’s Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday – and everyone is invited.

It will be a day that marks both the New Year and the anniversary of one of Sikhism’s most important events, the establishment of Khalsa in 1699. Close to 100,000 people are thought to have turned out for last year’s Vaisakhi Parade, making it the biggest parade in Vancouver.

Parade-goers can enjoy East Indian music, thousands of people in beautiful traditional clothing, and free food including curry lunches, ice cream and more tasty treats.

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also celebrating Vaisakhi.

“Sikhism is rooted in teachings of equality, unity, selfless service and social justice – the very values which we all strive to incorporate in our daily lives,” said Trudeau in a statement.

“Canada is proud to be home to one of the largest Sikh populations in the world, and we thank the community for the immense contributions it makes to our country.”

This year’s Vaisakhi Parade will start at the Ross Street Temple at 11 a.m., then head along Marine Drive and turn up Main Street and 49th Avenue, before returning to the temple.

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2016

When: April 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: starts at Ross Street Temple – 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver

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