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Traffic advice as Nagar Kirtan Sikh parade takes to city’s streets

Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MOTORISTS coming into the city next weekend are being advised of possible traffic disruption caused by a religious procession. 

The annual Nagar Kirtan procession, which last year attracted about 10,000 Sikhs, will be making its way through the city on Sunday, November 19.

The colourful procession will set off from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in East Park Road, between 11am and 12noon, and will follow a route through the city to Holy Bones, near St Nicholas Circle.

The route will include St Peter’s Road, Sparkenhoe Street, Swain Street, St George’s Way, Charles Street, Northampton Street, Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates, High Street, St Nicholas Place and finally to St Nicholas Circle, before finishing at nearby Holy Bones, at 3pm.

It will mean a series of rolling road closures while the procession passes through the city. 

Information signs will be going up on main routes into the city ahead of the procession to warn drivers, while the city council’s Area Traffic Control team will be providing regular traffic and travel updates to help people coming into the city.  

On the same day, Leicester Tigers will be playing at Welford Road, kicking off at 3pm. Visitors to that are being advised to allow extra time for travelling to the venue.

Nagar Kirtan is a major event in Leicester’s religious and cultural calendar, which celebrates the birth of Sikhism’s first Guru and founder, Nanak Dev Ji. 

The event has been celebrated in Leicester for more than 20 years, and involves people in the procession walking from temple to temple, singing hymns and filling up on food. 

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “This event is one of the most significant in the Sikh religion, and because of that it attracts thousands of people every year, both as spectators and in the procession itself. 

“Rolling road closures will be needed as the procession passes through the city, so we are making sure people who want to come into the city for Christmas shopping that day are aware of this event and can plan accordingly.”

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