The 28th Sikh Day Parade had a record attendance of an estimated 150,000 Sikhs. The 3rd largest Nagar Kirtan event outside India draws Sikhs from the Tri-State area to Manhattan.
The Parade was started in 1986 due to the need of the hour after the 1984 attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib. The Parade was a way for the public to know about issues facing the Sikhs and to celebrate Sikh identity in the United States. The parade is by far the largest event of a joint cooperation between all Sikh Gurdwaras in the region. Sikh Parade (Nagar Kirtan) is the day when Sikhs show their solidarity, achievements, past atrocities representation thru floats, keertan music, traditional dresses and current challenges. Toronto’s Sikh Parade is scheduled for today.