Thousands of people are expected to turn out for this year’s colourful Vaisakhi parade, taking place in Vancouver on April 14.
For Sikhs in the Lower Mainland and around the world, Vaisakhi is a time for celebration. The day commemorates the birth or establishment of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, in 1699.
In the Lower Mainland, there are two Vaisakhi parades every year – one in Vancouver and the other in Surrey. These are some of the largest Vaisakhi events outside of India, with the Surrey parade drawing in crowds of over 300,000 people.
The Vancouver parade is planned for Saturday, April 14. This year’s route will start at the Ross Street Temple at 11 am, then head along Marine Drive and turn up Main Street and 49th Avenue, before returning to the temple.
The event will feature colourful floats, traditional dancing, food, and music from India’s Punjab region. Everyone is welcome to attend!
When: Saturday, April 14
Time: 11 am
Where: Starts at Ross Street Sikh Temple – 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver