Fireworks, Parade, Indian Food at Annual Sikh Parade


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(Yuba City, CA)
Friday, November 2, 2007

Three days of events start Friday and culminate in Sunday’s 28th annual Sikh Parade.  Organizers expect more than 50,000 people to attend on that day alone.
 
After 9/11, Americans sometimes confused Sikhs with Muslims because they wear turbans.  Sikhs have said they faced verbal and physical abuse.
 
So to longtime Yuba City resident Harjit Grewal, there’s more to the parade than just religion. 
 
“I love to carry the American flag because that way, Americans will know the difference between Sikhs and the Muslims.”  
 
Grewal says Muslims often wear turbans in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan – but not here.
 
About 90 percent of last year’s parade watchers were Sikh.  But Grewal hopes the free food – like pakoras, samosas and curries – will draw more people from other cultures.