30. April 2017 - 9:00 till 17:00
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KHALSA DAY PARADE | Better Living Centre | Sunday, 30. April 2017

The 32nd annual Khalsa Day celebration and parade Also known as Vaisakhi, Khalsa Day celebrates the Sikh New Year and the establishment of the Sikh community in 1699.

In Toronto, the Ontario Sikhs and Gurdwaras Council (OSGC) organizes an annual parade along Lakeshore Blvd. This is the third largest parade in Canada and attracts thousands of participants and spectators each year.

Prior to the parade, famous Sikh musicians and scholars accompany school children in hymns and prayers at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

The parade kicks off at 1:00 and travels east to Toronto City Hall, finishing at 3:00. Following, the parade dignitaries address the gathering from 3:30 until 5:00. Snacks are available at both the Exhibition grounds and City Hall.

Everyone attending is asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the annual food drive by Sikh youth for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Last year, over 20,000 lbs. of food donations were handed over.

The OSGC encourages people from all backgrounds and religions to come out and celebrate this important day in the Sikh calender.