Surrey to host weekend Vaisakhi parade, road closures expected

Surrey is hosting one of the largest Vaisakhi parades in the world on Saturday.

The Surrey Khalsa Day Vaisakhi Parade is being held to mark the new year and is considered one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar.

Approximately 500,000 people are expected to attend the parade which has been running since 1998, according to event organizers.

The RCMP says officers will be on-site to ensure public safety and are asking attendees to prepare safety plans to avoid losing track of seniors or young children due to the anticipated large crowds.

On the day of the parade, road closures will be in effect between 72 Avenue and 88 Avenue, and between 132 Street and 122 Street.

The closures will remain in place from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Subsequent delays are expected between Scott Road and King George Boulevard.

The parade will begin around 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

Residents and businesses in the area are being told to expect restricted access and temporary parking restrictions.

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