Road closures in Rutland area for parade this weekend

The third annual Vaisakhi parade will wend its way through Rutland Saturday and celebrate the local Sikh community.

The third annual Vaisakhi parade will take place Saturday, April 27 in Kelowna, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and as a result, a number of roads in the Rutland area will be closed at various times during the day.

According to the city, Rutland Road North will be closed from approximately 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to allow the parade to pass.

Rolling road closures will also begin at 11:30 a.m. along Wallace Road, Sycamore Road, Friesen Road, McCurdy Road East, Keyes Road and Sumac Road to accommodate the parade and will be in effect until 3:30 p.m.

Truck route closure signs will be posted on Highway 33 and Highway 97 for Rutland Road. Detour signs for motorists using Rutland Road, as well as traffic control personnel, will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are asked to be cautious while driving.

The local Vaisahki parade celebrates the Sikh community in the Central Okanagan. Similar parades are held around the world and last week a large parade was held in the lower mainland municipality of Surrey.

For the up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, go to the city’s website at kelowna.ca/roadreport.