New York: The Sikh Day Parade in New York City brings together thousands of Sikhs from the city and surrounding areas for a parade. Thousands of Sikhs in the US have participated in the annual ‘Sikh Day Parade’ in the heart of Manhattan here, spreading awareness about the faith amid incidents of hate crimes against the minority community.
Sikh Men, women and children, dressed in their traditional finery, turned out in large numbers for the 31st ‘Sikh Day Parade’ on Saturday, inundating Manhattan with a sea of turbans.
The parade included live music, performances by children, marching bands, display of Sikh martial arts, decorated floats as well as culinary offerings as participants marched down several blocks along Manhattan’s Madison Avenue.
New York City police commissioner James O’Neill and Hoboken mayor Ravinder S Bhalla attended the parade. O’Neill said it was an honour for him to take part in the parade.
Sikhs of NY co-founder Chanpreet Singh said members of his team did “sewa” at the “langar” of the parade, referring to the Sikh practice of community kitchens and offering free food to people.
According to Sikh rights group Sikh Coalition, following the 9/11 attacks, Sikhs remain hundreds of times more likely to be targeted in cases of profiling, bigotry and backlash than others.
A Sikh organisation in the US had recently created a world record by tying thousands of turbans within a few hours as members of the community commemorated the annual Turban Day at the iconic Times Square in New York.