Metro Vancouver is home to two large Vaisakhi Parades to choose from, including the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade happening on April 11, 2015. 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.
The parade attracts around 100,000 spectators, and is one of the largest parades held in the City of Vancouver outside the downtown core.
One of the aspects of the parade that attracts people from every culture is the celebration of Sikh cuisine and other foods. There will be free food (samosas, sweets, pizza, subs and more) that can be found along the most of the parade route.
Where: South Vancouver, Little India
When: Saturday, April 11
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Ross Street Temple (8000 Ross St at 64th), moves south on Ross Street to SE Marine Drive, then west to Main Street, north to 49th Avenue, east to Fraser Street, south to 57th Avenue, east to Ross Street and then returns to the Temple.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (expect the parade to reach 49th & Main around noon, maybe later)