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VIDEO: Vaisakhi 2017 in full swing with parade through Gravesend town centre

Hundreds lined the streets of Gravesend this lunchtime as the town's annual Vaisakhi celebrations got into full swing.

The Sikh festival takes place every April and the festivities in Gravesend make for one of the highlights of Kent's events calendar, with a colourful parade the main attraction.

This lunchtime traditional music and chanting filled the air Saddington Street, The Grove, Milton Road, King Street, Garrick Street, Darnley Road, Arthur Street, Wrotham Road, Zion Place, Windmill Street, Clarence Place, Parrock Road, and Wellington Street.

VIDEO: Vaisakhi parade reaches New Road, Gravesend

It has now made it back to the Gurdwara and there is an open air community celebration on the Guru Nanak Sports Field taking place throughout the afternoon.

Attendees can expect a funfair, Sikh martial arts, interactive activities for children, information stands, food stalls, and a stage programme where religious songs will be performed by a host of international acts.

Celebrations will continue inside the impressive building on Sunday.

For dozens of pictures from the weekend's festivities, pick up this week's Gravesend Messenger.

Get your FREE souvenir supplement, packed full of coverage and pictures from the festival. Available in your Gravesend and Dartford Messenger on Thursday, April 27.  Additional copies will available from the KM Media Group office in Gravesend High Street and at the Egg-free Cake Box in Gravesend, which is a sponsor. 

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