Tens of thousands attend Khalsa Day

It celebrates Sikh New Year and founding of the Sikh community

CTV News

More than 85,000 Sikhs donned traditional saffron robes and marched through the streets of Toronto for the 29th annual Khalsa Day parade on Sunday.

The event marks the birth of Sikhism and Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, with traditional music, hymns, prayers, and food served from the langar, a communal kitchen.

Festivities started on Sunday morning at Exhibition Place, followed by a parade complete with floats and martial arts.

The route was east on Lake Shore Boulevard West, north on York Street and east on Queen Street to Nathan Phillips Square for closing ceremonies.

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Premier Kathleen Wynne were among the dignitaries who were there, as was Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario New Democrats.

Mayor Rob Ford along with mayoral candidates John Tory and Olivia Chow also attended.

The event has grown since 1986, its inaugural year, when 2,000 people turned out.

It’s now the city’s third largest parade.

One organizer says he expected as many as 100-thousand people at the event.

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