Vaisakhi parade in Surrey, B.C.

Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend the annual Vaisakhi parade in Surrey, B.C., today — even more than last year’s record-setting attendance.

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The parade started at 9am on 85th Avenue and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people by the end of the day. That includes BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark and NDP Leader John Horgan. Both leaders had a visible, and audible, presence at the Vaisakhi Parade in South Vancouver earlier this month, speaking to the crowd and meeting voters.

They’re taking the opportunity to canvass locals at today’s event as well.

In traditional dress, Clark addressed the crowd with an election commitment for ethnic diversity.

“Every April for the rest of history will be Sikh heritage month for British Columbia’s future,” she said.

Earlier, parade organizer Moninder Singh had a request for any politicians who planned on attending.

“If they kind of keep it to the day, the theme of the day in general, and not turn it into a chance to appeal to people for votes and things like that.”

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