Vancouver: Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver celebrated Vaisakhi festival on Saturday, April 15. Thousands of people lined on the parade route to see and be part of the celebration. The Vaisakhi festival went from 9 am to 5 pm with hundreds of people offering free food and gifts.
The Vancouver parade started from the KDS Ross Sikh Temple at 8000 Ross Street in Vancouver at 11 am at the Ross Sikh Temple and proceeded down Marine Drive, up Main, along 49th Avenue, south at Fraser, east along 57th Avenue and then down Ross Street back to the temple.
Musician Tara Kye was the first white woman to ride with the Sikh Motorcycle Club in a Vaisakhi parade.CHARLIE SMITH
The Khalsa Diwan Society is a pioneer Sikh society formed on July 22nd, 1902 in Canada, America; it was formally established in 1906. In 1908, the Society purchased and built the first Sikh Gurdwara at 1866 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver British Colombia (BC) in Canada. The Gurdwara was inaugurated on January 19th, 1908. This is believed to the first Sikh Gurdwara in the whole of the American continent. This Gurdwara Sahib served the Greater Vancouver Sikh community until new Gurdwara Sahib was occupied on April 25th, 1970.