Sikh parade celebration in Southwest Bakersfield

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Thousands of people turned out for the annual Sikh parade in Southwest Bakersfield Sunday.

The parade route began at the intersection of Hosking Avenue and Stine Road near the Gurdwara Guru Angas Darbar Sikh Temple.

Roads were closed along the parade route which circled eastbound on Hosking Avenue, south on Akers Road, west on McKee Road then back north on Stine Road.

Organizers said the annual event is a way to being the community together while welcoming others to enjoy their culture.

Volunteers passed out refreshments, including authentic Indian food to those in attendance.

The parade has happened every year since the temple was built 18 years ago and organizers said it was their biggest turnout yet.

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