The Surrey Vaisakhi Parade, one of the largest outside of India, is coming back for an even bigger year this spring.
This event will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. This event pays tribute to the harvest season and the birth of Khalsa.
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Not to mention, the massive parade shattered records by attracting over 400,000 people last year.
Each year, hundreds of local business and individual families present free food offerings to the crowd in celebration of the parade.
Considered one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar, parades celebrating the event are held in Sikh communities around the world.
Parade Route and Road Closures
The parade will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, located at 12885 85 Avenue. The event will conclude there at approximately 6:00 p.m.
To have a smooth experience, individuals should be advised there will be:
- Road closures
- Traffic disruptions
- Restrictions to access
- Temporary parking restrictions
On the day of the event, traffic controls will start at 6:00 a.m. and last until approximately 8:00 p.m.
Access to 128 Street and road sections along the parade route will be impacted most significantly. Increased delays may be expected for travel through and within the area between 72 Avenue to 88 Avenue, and Scott Road to King George Boulevard.
Residents living in these closed off areas can still get access and will simply need to show their BC Driver’s License and the Officials at the checkpoints (intersections) will let them through as long as the address on their BC Driver’s License is in the affected area.
As for businesses, they’ll need to download and complete a permit application to pass through the closed areas. They can do so here.
Lastly, the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade is a No Drone Zone. If you are a recreational drone operator and do not follow the rules,” you could face fines of up to $3,000” reads a statement.
Come on out and enjoy delicious foods, while learning about one of the most vibrant cultures in the world.
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Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 2019
Location: Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar - 12885 85 Avenue, Surrey
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday April 20th, 2019