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Impressive Sikh Presence expected at the Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC for the First Time


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    An event which you and your kids would not want to miss

    by Miri Piri Gatka Dal (Texas) & Sikh Gatka Akhara(GGSF)

    and the Sikh Float with powerful messages

    at the July 4th Parade
    Washington - For the First Time in Washington D.C in the nation's Capitol, Sikhs will be part of the grand Independence Day Parade. There will over 100 floats depicting American life and culture in this parade. This parade is a popular event among the whole day celebratory events happening in Washington, D. C. on July 4th. Over 300,000 people witness this program in person and many more thousands watch it on television. This is the first time that Sikhs have been asked to be part of this parade and they are gathering from all over the country to participate. Miri Piri Gatka Dal of Houston, TX, which has been participating in many publlic events in Houston and other parts of the country, will be participating along with Sikh Gatka Akhara of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (GGSF) of Washington. Miri Piri Gatka Dal has been instrumental in securing the Sikh participation in this national event. Both groups have a very committed group of young Sikhs who are eager to show the various acts of Gatka, the Sikh Martial Art. A special flyer describing the Gatka and the main Sikh principles behind this art will be distributed along the parade route.

    The Gatka teams will be accompanied by a beautiful Sikh Float and a group of
    Sikhs from all over the country. This is a great chance to show that Sikhs are part of the mainstream America and that we are equally joyous in the July 4th celebrations. This will also be an opportunity for our youngsters to feel pride of being Sikh Americans. It will be great if Sikhs can line up along the route of the parade and greet the Sikh group as they pass. (The festivities of July 4th end with spectacular fire works at the National Mall at 9.00 pm.)

    Representatives from various gurdwaras of Washington and Baltimore are supporting this effort and we request the presence of Sikhs from all over East Coast. Many thousands of eyes will be watching the Sikhs perform Gatka and walk with pride.

    The Parade starts at 11:45am sharp at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. The route of the parade is Constitution Avenue and it ends near the White House. It is recommended that people arrive early to secure a good spot. 300,000 Spectators expected at the parade and we request people to take local metro or car pool from various parts of the Washington Metro Area. Other July 4th festivities will go on all day at the national mall as well and they will end with the fireworks.

    Special Buses have been arranged to go from Guru Nanak Foundation, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation and Sikh Foundation of Virginia. They will leave at 10.00 AM and the buses will leave Washington around 2.30 pm to come back to the respective gurdwaras. Seating is on a first come basis. Please arrive early and secure your seats.

    Out of Town guests may visit Gurdwaras of the Washington Area during the long weekend:
    Guru Nanak Foundation of America, Silver Spring (301) 384 2133
    Sikh Foundation of Virginia, Burke,VA (703) 323 8849
    Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Rockville, Md (301) 309 9528
    Contact: Gobinder Kaur: 301-490-6296; Amrit Kaur 703 802 0114, Sewa Singh 703 395 8861, Sunmit Singh: 240-838-4848

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