‘More to Celebrate’ at Sikh Parade

The Guru Granth Sahib float decorated by the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill, Queens, NY gurdwara, at the 31st Sikh Day Parade in Manhattan. (Photo courtesy of Harpreet Singh via Desi Talk)

The 31st annual Sikh Day Parade, celebrated on Madison Avenue on April 28, marked Vaisakhi, the religion’s new year. Through the event, writes Desi Talk’s Ela Dutt…

Sikhs strove to raise the visibility of this religious minority of Indian-Americans which has borne the brunt of post-9/11 hate crimes and is considered among the least understood in the country.

The organizer, the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill, Queens, was joined by more than 25 other gurdwaras in the metro area. This year, the community “had more to celebrate,” writes Desi Talk.

Their political representation and visibility in the Tri-state area has increased exponentially with the election of the Mayor of Hoboken, N.J., Ravinder Bhalla, and the appointment of Attorney General of New Jersey Gurbir Grewal. Bhalla is the first Sikh to be elected Mayor in Hoboken, and Grewal is the first person of the Sikh faith in U.S. history to be appointed Attorney General of a state.

There were some things, however, that “were noticeably absent,” as Harpreet Singh, chairman of public policy and external affairs for the Sikh Cultural Society, noted to Desi Talk. Find out what they were and read more on the parade at Desi Talk.

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