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Come to the 2015 Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey

March 31, 2015

Shooting Star copyThe Vaisakhi festival in Surrey, BC, is one of the largest outside India. In 2015, Shooting Star Amusement rides will be running from April 10th to 12th and April 14 through 19th in celebration of Vaisakhi.   A highlight of the festival will be  the Vaisakhi Parade through the streets of Surrey on April 18th.

Shooting Star Amusements will have its midway fun there at 12885 85th Avenue, Surrey, for the duration of the event. Bring the family along to the Vaisakhi Parade Surrey 2015 and enjoy celebrations, fun and laughter. To celebrate this special occasion, we have the cheapest ride wristbands around – only $22 for unlimited rides per day! Rides open at 4:00pm on most days, but at noon on Saturday and Sunday April 11th, 12th and 18th and 19th.

The Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey 2015

With Surrey, BC having such a large and dynamic East Indian population, its annual Vaisakhi parade attracts up to 250,000 people.

As a tribute to the harvest roots of the festival, local residents and businesses taking part in Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade hand out free food and drink to all those attending. Thousands of people come together to enjoy the colorful floats, dancing, singing and live music. Of course, they also come to enjoy rides and carnival games.

The parade is scheduled to begin on April 18th at 9.30am. Here is the route. It starts at the Sikh temple, the Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar, on 128th Street (at 85th Avenue). The procession will wind through the streets of Surrey and end back at the temple at about 4pm.  The Amusement rides will be open at Noon April 18th during the parade, come early and buy your wristbands before the parade ends!

Road closures in the area will start at 7:30am and reopen around 5:00pm.

If you can, please use public transit as parking in the area is very limited.

The History of Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi is an Indian festival that celebrates the start of the New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and the reaping of the harvest. It is an opportunity for devotees to dress up, play music, dance and sing.

Vaisakhi has been celebrated for thousands of years and it is a holy day for those of the Sikh faith. On this day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa, a committee of five beloved men, to represent all Sikhs and uphold the fundamental virtues of the faith. It was established in a time of chaos and corruption in India and was designed to help the community fight injustices and restore people’s faith in the Sikh religion.

All Sikhs are taught to treat everyone in a community as equals, regardless of race or religion. They are also taught to reject the caste system and to show respect and tolerance for all people, no matter their station in life.

About Shooting Star Amusements

Our midway company has been operating for over 30 years in BC. We have a huge range of fun rides and carnival games that cater to all ages. Our big rides include the Zero Gravity, Kamikaze, the Zipper and the Tilt A Whirl.

We hope to see you enjoying our rides, winning great prizes, and enjoying cotton candy and snow cones.  We love to see miles and miles of smiles.

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