An aerial view of Surrey’s 2016 Vaisakhi Day parade, as seen on Skylake Photos’ Youtube channel.

An aerial view of Surrey’s 2016 Vaisakhi Day parade, as seen on Skylake Photos’ Youtube channel.

VAISAKHI 2017: Video shows aerial view of massive crowd at 2016 parade in Surrey

For 2017, event organizers say drones are not permitted without permit from Transport Canada

SURREY — An aerial view of the 350,000 people who flocked to last year’s Vaisakhi Parade here was captured by Youtube user Skylake Photos.

So far, the video has been seen more than 31,000 times.

Check it out below.

For this year’s parade, set for Saturday (April 22), event organizers remind attendees that drones are not permitted without a permit from Transport Canada.

“As the parade route is within three kilometres of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s emergency helipad landing site, we ask drone operators to ensure they have proper clearance,” parade organizers stated in a press release this week.

The 2016 edition of Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade was, by population, like a large Canadian city without crime, according to the RCMP.

A record-breaking 350,000 people participated in the Newton event, held every April.

“No arrests. No crime,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said immediately following the 2016 event. “Three hundred and fifty thousand people participated peacefully in this fantastic family community event.”

It’s one of the largest such celebrations in the world outside India.

The 2016 event, also known as the Surrey Khalsa Day Parade, featured 19 floats.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

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