SAF 2016

Roses Parade Float in Pasadena in USA for the year 2016

For a second year in a row, the United Sikh Mission entered their float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The float depicted Vaisakhi- which is the harvest celebration in Punjab, India in the month of April. The goal of the theme is to continue fostering more public understanding about the Sikh culture and its positive contributions to American society. Last year, the first float depicted a mini replica of the first ever Gurudwara (located in Stockton) in the USA. The float showcased an observant Sikh man with a beard and a bright yellow turban, sitting atop a white horse, on his way to participate in Vaisakhi festivities. The float also featured cultural games, an ethnic bazaar, various embroideries, foods, along with two peacocks, which is the state bird of Punjab. Various Sikh families rode the parade with pride.

The float was sponsored by the United Sikh Mission. “There have been a lot of hate crimes, not only against Sikhs, but also against Muslims. This particular step is not just about creating an awareness about the Sikh religion and telling our history. “It’s basically accepting people with different identities, different backgrounds, and different cultures as one. At the end of the day, we’re all human. We all belong to the same human race. Basically we’re all equal.” Sikhism is the world’s fifth-largest religion and there are about 700,000 Sikhs in the United States, according to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund.