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Sikh parade to hit streets of Turlock

POSTED June 19, 2012 8:31 p.m.


The streets of Turlock will be filled with the sights and sounds of the Sikh culture on Sunday, as the Turlock Sikh Temple hosts its first-ever parade.

It is common for Sikh temples to hold annual or biannual parades, said local resident and Turlock Unified School Board trustee Harinder Grewal. Livingston, Stockton and Yuba City all hold parades that are attended by many Sikhs in the state and from all over the world.

Livingston’s parade, held in March, draws about 3,000 people every year. The annual Sikh Parade in Yuba City has attracted between 65,000 and 85,000 spectators and participants in recent years, reported the Appeal Democrat.

“The intent is all of us getting together on one day to celebrate the culture,” Grewal said. “The goal is to reach out to everyone.”

Turlock’s parade will start at noon at the temple, located at 1373 5th St., and follow 5th Street to downtown. The temple’s holy book — the Guru Granth Sahib — will be carried at the head of the parade, followed by community members.

Free food and drinks will be provided at the temple, following the parade.

According to Grewal, the Turlock Sikh Temple is expecting up to 1,000 visitors to Sunday’s parade.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” he said.

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