YUBA CITY, CA – Nearly 100,000 people from all over the globe participated in the 36th annual Sikh parade here to mark the 307th Coronation Day of the Guru Granth Sahib on Nov.1. The parade, the largest Nagar Kirtan or Sikh religious procession in the US, was the culmination of a week-long event. The five mile parade...
Before the launch of the parade, state and local officials and community leaders addressed the congregation in the main hall of the Gurdwara. Representatives of Congressman John Garamendi and Doug LaMalfa read the proclamations sent by them. State Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher greeted the community and lauded their contributions to society. The city and county, in a proclamation, declared the week as “Coronation of Guru Granth Sahib Week.”
Nearly 180 food stalls lined the parade route and 50 different types of food including pakoras, tikki, corn, kari-chawal, makk-di- roti and saag were distributed. A booth offered fresh orange juice to the attending guests. The crowd favorite was fresh sugar cane juice with thousands lining up for it. Over 180 vendors had put up the booths to sell goods and this bazaar extended across 4-5 acres. At night, the whole area was lit spectacularly by nearly 2 million small LED bulbs.
Tejinder Singh Dosanjh, a spokesman and organizer with the Gurdwara Sikh Temple Tierra Buena while talking to IJ said it was amazing to see the desire of the Sikh Sangat to serve others. He said, “this year more American friends” had joined the parade.