Thousands to attend 45th annual Vaisakhi Parade and Festival in Vancouver

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 45th annual Vaisakhi Parade and Festival in South Vancouver on Saturday.

The parade takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there are many road closures in effect around Marine Drive.

Vaisakhi dates back to 1699 and celebrates the revelation of the Khalsa, which refers to the community that considers Sikhism its faith.

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim issued an apology on Friday after referring to Vaisakhi as a large celebration with music and live performers.

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Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke also called her city’s Vaisakhi Parade a large party in a press conference on Tuesday.

Click to play video: 'Vaisakhi Cooking with Chef Gurjyote Singh Sethi'

Vaisakhi Cooking with Chef Gurjyote Singh Sethi

The Sikh community has raised concerns about the comments of both mayors, with many taking to social media to express their disappointment.

The Sikh Community of B.C. accused cities of co-opting Vaisakhi for profit.


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