Vaisakhi procession to take place in Leicester

Thousands of people are due to take part in a major annual Sikh parade through Leicester this weekend.

The Vaisakhi procession, which takes place on Sunday 22 April, will see up to 10,000 people walking in a route through the centre, along with thousands of spectators lining the route, which runs from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara at Holy Bones, to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in East Park Road.

Vaisakhi is an important festival for Sikhs and celebrates the initiation ceremony of the Khalsa Brotherhood that first took place in 1699. It is one of the most popular and colourful religious events that take place in the city.

The event will mean rolling programme of temporary road closures of some city roads along the route.

This year’s procession follows a similar route to previous years, including Holy Bones and Great Central Street (departing at around 11.45am), Vaughan Way Slip Road, St Nicholas Circle, High Street, Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street, Northampton Street, Charles Street, St George’s Way, Swain Street, St Peter’s Road, and arriving at East Park Road at around 3pm.

St Nicholas Circle is due to be closed to traffic for around one hour from midday, and St George’s Way between 1-2pm, although all timings are approximate.

Access to Highcross rooftop car park will be available at all times via Vaughan Way and Highcross Street.

Public transport operators will make any necessary adjustment as the procession passes along its route.

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