The Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade is one of the Lower Mainland's largest festivals, attracting up to a couple of hundred thousand participants each year in April. It celebrates the Punjabi New Year and is of religious significance to the Sikh community.
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In 2015 on the same day as the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade there was the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival's Sakura Days Japan Fair event at VanDusen Gardens. On the parade day, interestingly, there were millions more cherry blossoms in bloom on side streets at the Punjabi Vaisakhi Festival than at the Sakura Days event that celebrated the arrival of the cherry blossoms.
Hundreds of thousands of people and millions of cherry blossoms turned out for the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade in
Women in traditional East Indian dress heading down a side street lined with blossoming cherry trees to the parade venue on Main Street.
The parade itself at the Vancouver Vaisakhi festivities isn't a large one, but it moves slowly through the crowds, with frequent stops. Although fairly small, in total it takes close to five hours to complete. Participants in the parade include trucks and trailers with music and dignitaries, lots of festive East Indian music, and this group of Sikh motorcyclists. All along the parade route businesses and residents give out free food, including curry, bags of chips, ice cream and soft…