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Fun, Food & Celebrations at the Vaisakhi Parade

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Surrey’s annual Vaisakhi Parade is the biggest of its kind outside of India, celebrating the start of the new year for Hindus and the foundation of the Sikh religion in 1699. It’s a colourful spectacle that attracts anywhere from 80,000 to 200,000 attendees, which makes it one of the biggest parades on the West Coast – period. The Vaisakhi Parade pays tribute to the harvest celebration roots of the parade, and attendees are given free food and drink from hundreds of local residents and businesses as part of the event.

The parade takes place on Saturday,  April 20, starting at about 9:30 am at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (located at 12885-85 Avenue) and will end there at around 4 pm. The event brings together people of all cultures & religions, and is a free day that is open to all! Click below to access the parade map.

Parade Map:

Twelve years in, this parade gets bigger & better every year, with last year’s parade setting a record for the largest crowd in the event’s history. Visitors will see colourful floats, community groups, live music and dancers and performers — check out this video from last year’s event for an idea of what to expect!

Have you been before? Will you be going for the first time? Tell us about your experience at the Vaisakhi Parade in the comments!