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Up to 1,000 Sikhs to take part in Vaisakhi parade through Huddersfield

Annual parade will bring music and dance to the streets

Up to 1,000 Sikhs are to take part in a spectacular procession in Huddersfield on Sunday.

They will be celebrating Nagar Kirtan, a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community.

It is being held to mark Vaisakhi, which is one of the Sikhs’ most important religious events.

Historically the the procession is led by the saffron-robed Panj Piare, or the five beloved of the Guru, who are followed by the Guru Granth Sahib, and the holy Sikh scripture which is placed on a float.

Many taking part cover their heads and wear bright orange robes.

The Huddersfield procession will leave the Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple in Springwood at 12.30pm and will make its way down to St George’s Square. There will be musicians and displays by martial arts teams.

The parade will then leave the town centre and head towards the Sikh temple in Hillhouse, with the event expected to finish at 3pm.

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Police and Kirklees Council are liaising with the parade organsiers.

Several roads are expected to be closed for a short time as the procession passes through and police have urged drivers to find alternate routes.


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