One of Northern California’s largest parties, the Sikh Parade returns to Sutter County this weekend

Sierra College students captured this image from the 2016 Sikh Parade.

It’s the biggest party of the year in the mid-Valley when the Sikh Parade is conducted in Sutter County on the first Sunday of November. The parade has been conducted for almost four full decades, and is a weekend-long celebration of the culture and religion of the Sikhs, primarily from the Punjab region of India, but who come from all parts of the world for this annual celebration.

Sierra College students captured this image from the 2016 Sikh Parade.

The parade is only one part of a two-day, three night festival that begins Friday night with fireworks and the reading of the Sikh holy book at the gurdwara on Tierra Buena Avenue in west Yuba City. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the temple, and goes for 4.5 miles through Yuba City. It is expected to draw as many as 80,000 people, the majority from outside the area. Area motels are booked solid months in advance of the event.

For a schedule of activities, see this Appeal-Democrat article:

We would also encourage folks to visit the permanent exhibit about Sikhs in America at the Community Memorial Museum, at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

During the evacuation of Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties in February, Sikh temples in many parts of Northern California opened their doors and became a shelter for refugees. The Sikh religion is known for its kindness to those in need, no matter their backgrounds.


The permanent exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum at 1333 Butte House Road will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.