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Sikh Day parade takes place Sunday in Stockton
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Sikhs from Manteca, Lathrop and the rest of San Joaquin County will gather in Stockton on Sunday, April 17, for the annual Sikh Day Parade that rings in the Sikh New Year.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. when dignitaries will arrive at the oldest Sikh Gurdwara – also known as a temple or worship center – in the United States at 1930 South Grant Street in Stockton. The building was constructed in 1912 by early Sikh settlers in the San Joaquin Valley.

At noon the parade itself will begin and work its way through Downtown Stockton where thousands of people are expected to line the parade route.

“We’re expecting at least 10,000 people along the route,” said Lathrop City Councilman and Temple Member Sonny Dhaliwal. “It’s one of the biggest gatherings of the year for Sikhs here in San Joaquin County.”

Free food and soft drinks will be available at the temple, and informational booths and devotional music will be also be included in the program – which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with speakers kicking off the event.