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Nagar Kirtan parade to take to city’s streets

Nagar Kirtan parade

THOUSANDS of Sikhs will be taking to Leicester’s streets this weekend for the annual Vaisakhi procession.

The event, known as Nagar Kirtan, takes place on Sunday, April 28, and traditionally sees a huge number of followers taking part on the walk between two of the city’s best-known Sikh temples, or Gurdwaras.

The procession will set off from Guru Nanak Gurdwara, on Holy Bones, at 11.30am and will make its way across the city to arrive at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, East Park Road, at around 3pm.

It will follow a route comprising Great Central Street, Vaughan Way, St Nicholas Circle, St Nicholas Place, High Street, Clock Tower, Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street, Northampton Street, Charles Street, St Georges Way, Swain Street, Sparkenhoe Street, St Peters Road, East Park Road, Leicester Street and Roseberry Street.

Rolling road closures will be in place along the route to enable the procession to pass safely.

Some bus services will also need to follow alternative routes, for a short time only, as the procession makes its way across the city.

Nagar Kirtan is one of the major events on the Leicester Sikh community’s calendar.