It's Vaisakhi time

Surrey's annual Vaisakhi Parade takes place this Saturday, April 21.
— image credit: Boaz Joseph / The Leader

Surrey's annual Vaisakhi Parade takes place this Saturday, April 21.

There will fun, food and tens of thousands of people celebrating the first crop harvesting in Punjab, and also marking the anniversary of one of Sikhism's most important religious events, the establishment of Khalsa in 1699.

The parade is set to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., beginning and ending at the Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar (12885 85 Ave.).

With a variety of floats and community groups in the procession, the parade heads south on 128 Street, proceeds west along 82 Avenue, heads south again on 124 Street, continues along 75 Avenue and then 76 Avenue, before going north again on 128 Street back to the temple grounds.

Musicians and dancers will be performing on temporary stages alongside the parade route.

To help get you in the Vaisakhi spirit, has created a special section in the April 17 edition of the newspaper. Read the stories here:

• Surrey's Vaisakhi event the largest in the world

• Organizers douse Vaisakhi controversy

• Selfless service in Newton

• Kirpan craftsman comes to Surrey

• Vaisakhi a goldmine for vote-hungry politicos

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