Gallery: 200,000 flood Surrey streets for annual Vaisakhi parade

Published: April 19, 2014


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Some 200,000 people celebrated at the annual Vaisakhi Day parade in Surrey on Saturday. Nick Procaylo/PNG

VANCOUVER DESI

About 200, 000 people came out for Surrey’s annual Vaisakhi parade on Saturday.

Vaisakhi – which celebrates the Punjab harvest time and the birthday of Sikhism (dating back to 1699) – is celebrated by millions of Sikhs around the globe and the Surrey event is considered one of the largest outside of India.

All along the parade route, Sikhs shared their message of peace, equality, and freedom of religion regardless of caste or creed, as community volunteers handed out food and drinks to everyone in attendance.

More than 2,500 people from more than 20 community organizations participated, with thousands more celebrating the spirit of Vaisakhi in roadside booths along the parade route.

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