Sikhs Prepare for Parade

October 29, 2009

Author: Leticia Gutierrez

Source: Appeal-Democrat

Sarbjit Johl, 56, walked in the Yuba City Sikh Parade 30 years ago when it had just a few floats and attracted a couple of thousand people.

Like he's done every year since then, he'll walk part of it again this Sunday when the annual event is expected to draw an estimated 75,000 from throughout California and beyond.

"This has grown from a very small local event to an almost international event," said Johl, a member of the temple board. People from throughout California, the United States and Canada are expected to attend.

"People look forward to it," he said. "It's a big celebration, a social event."

The three-day Yuba City Nagar Kirtan and Sikh Parade celebration, centered at Sikh Temple Gurdwara and organized by new directors, begins Friday at 8 a.m. with the start of the traditional 48-hour reading of the holy book Sri Guru Granth and ends Sunday with the parade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new board has different styles of doing things, Johl said. "Things are coming together very nicely."