After 100 years, Vaisakhi returns to Victoria

'This is the capital city and it will be nice to do one here,' says organizer

On the heels of one of the world's largest Vaisakhi parades earlier this month in Surrey B.C., Victoria is set to have its own Vaisakhi celebration for the first time in over 100 years.

Victoria's celebration will be held in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood April 29, with festivities expected to last all day. The parade itself will begin and end at 470 Cecelia Road, and takes place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT.

"I think it will become Surrey 2.0," said event organizer Jatinder Singh. "This is the capital city and it will be nice to do one here."

Singh has been volunteering his time along with a legion of Canadian Sikhs ahead of the parade, which is being put on by the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Victoria.

Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi, which typically falls mid-April, to commemorate the creation of the Khalsa — the collective body of observant Sikhs — in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh.

The parade, which includes hymn singing, martial-arts displays and the distribution of free food, is open to all members of the public...

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