VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver Police aren’t expecting any major problems at today’s Vaisakhi Parade, despite hundreds of thousands of people packing the streets to celebrate.
    
Over the past couple of years Mounties have dealt with a number of problems at Surrey’s festival, but VPD Constable Lindsey Houghton doesn’t expect any issues, except for one.
    
“The one concern that always comes up is the traffic congestion. We encourage people to become very familiar with the parade route; always the areas around Main and Fraser Streets and down towards Marine [Drive] and in and around the area of the Ross Street Temple.”
    
He explains people are usually very well behaved. “We’re not expecting any public safety issues at all. This event is extremely well populated, in terms of people coming from all over Metro Vancouver to take in all that it has to offer.”
    
Chief Jim Chu, other officers and the VPD pipeband will be taking part in the festivities. The festival celebrates the beginning of the harvest season.

Below is a map of the parade route: