PASADENA, CA - The Sikh community of California shared their 125-year history by presenting a float, ‘A Sikh American Journey’ at the prestigious Rose Parade of Pasadena held on New Year’s Day 2015. Since 9/11, many Sikhs have realized the need to get the word out about who they are. But that took on more urgency in 2012,
The float was modeled after the Stockton Gurdwara, the first Sikh house of worship established in the United States 102 years ago. The design also included a cornucopia and a locomotive to represent Sikh laborers and farmers of the Central Valley of California.
The float, with 17,000 multicolored roses and 2,500 gerbera daisies, featured 11 community members to represent the Sikh community, including men and women who are members of California-based police forces and the national Army. It took a budget of Approximately $250,000, hard work of 500 volunteers, approximately two months to make this dream a reality.
According to Gurdeep Malik, Bicky Singh and Jatinder Singh, members of the fund raising committee, “This was an excellent value for money considering the substantial mainstream TV and media exposure”.
It is time we start telling our story, Jasjit Singh, Executive Director of SALDEF expressed “This New Year’s Day, Sikh-Americans celebrated their ancestors and their ongoing commitment to ensure that America is a land in which all Americans can pursue their unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Dhindsa and the team fully understand that it will take more than a single attempt to make a meaningful impact on raising Sikh awareness. “I am humbled by the opportunity to be part of this premiere to what I hope becomes great tradition” said Bicky Singh of Sikhlens.