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Surrey Vaisakhi Parade Draws Record Breaking Attendance of 400,000

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

Photo: BC NDP / Flickr

The annual Vaisakhi parade in Surrey has been breaking attendance records for years, and 2017 was no different.

On Saturday, April 22, the Sikh parade paid a tribute to the harvest season and the birth of Khalsa.

The parade is one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside of India, and previously drew north of 300,000 people last year. This year, the massive parade shattered records by attracting over 400,000 people.

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Despite the poor weather, a sea of bright colours flooded the city’s Newton area. With such a high turnout, the parade was forced to move slower than usual as the floats made their way through 128th and 124th streets.

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According to census data, almost 50 per cent of Canadian Sikhs live in British Columbia, and the number continues to grow.

With the rise in parade attendance each year, parade organizers are now considering the possibility of week-long Vaisakhi celebrations Throughout metro Vancouver.

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