It’s a historical celebration of a culture you may not be entirely familiar with. The Inaugural Indianapolis Sikh Day Parade is set to take place Saturday in front of the Indiana War Memorial. More than 3000 members of the Sikh community participate and a few of them stopped by the Indy Style studios to tell us more!
A float bearing Guru Granth Sahib will lead the parade followed by a procession of floats and devotees winding through Downtown Indianapolis, starting at noon. The festive event will fill the downtown air with vibrant Punjabi music. There will also be sea of saffron and blue turbans and other colorful attire. Following the parade, the celebration continues until 5 pm with booths and special guests and dignitaries addressing visitors. Sikh devotees are expected to come from across the state and the Midwest to Indianapolis for this colorful celebration and historic day, which will feature complimentary Indian food and soft drinks.
The Sikh population in the Midwest has grown to an estimated 50,000 with approximately 5,000 living in the “Hoosier” state. A crowd of more than 5,000 is expected to attend. The purpose of the parade is to share three core tenets of Sikhism:
- Truthful Living,
- Service to Humanity
- Devotion to Almighty God
As part of the event The Sikh Society of Indiana will donate more than $30,000 to the following Associations and Programs:
Indianapolis Police Foundation
- Midwest Food Bank
- The Julian Center
- Indy Honor Flight (Transports Americas Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit war memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.)
- Sikhs for Justice
- Ensaaf (end impunity, achieve justice)
In addition, there will be a food drive for hunger and an opportunity to donate blood through the Indiana Blood Center*
SEGMENT IS SPONSORED BY SIKH PARADE