The Surrey Khalsa Day Vaisakhi Parade will return Saturday, April 22nd following three years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The annual event usually draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants, making it the largest Vaisakhi parade outside of India.
Surrey Khalsa Day Vaisakhi Parade 2023
Event organizers Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar expect the triumphant return of the parade will draw half a million guests from around the world to gather along the route.
The parade itself features a colourful and entertaining procession of over 2,500 participants representing 20 community organizations. Hundreds of booths along the route, sponsored by local businesses and families give away free food and treats throughout the celebration.
“After having to cancel the parade and the other weekend celebrations for the past three years, we know that the community locally in BC as well as guests who travel from as far away as across the US, Europe and Australia will be thrilled to hear that the 2023 Surrey Khalsa Day Vaisakhi Parade is definitely back on,” says Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar President Gurdeep Singh Samra. “We are expecting significant crowds to gather to celebrate this important event in the Sikh calendar, and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages and ethnicities to celebrate along with us at this free, family-friendly event.”
The parade will begin at approximately 9:30am at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar Temple, located at 12885-85 Avenue, and will conclude there at approximately 4:00pm.
A variety of floats, community groups, live music and dancers and performers will travel along 124th Street, turn left onto 75th Avenue, continue on 76th Avenue, onto 128th Street, then back to the Temple.
The Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, along with a number of supporting agencies including Fraser Health, the Surrey RCMP, the City of Surrey (including City of Surrey Bylaws office) remind businesses and individuals participating in the parade-route kiosks and stands to observe safe practices, making this free, family-friendly celebration safe and fun for all.
Visit the event’s website for day-of event information, parking, and more.