Rose Parade to include Sikh float for first time in history

Exterior photograph of the Stockton Gurdwara printed in the January 1916 issue of The Hindusthanee Student.

For the first time, the Rose Parade will feature a Sikh float, which will be modeled after the Stockton Gurdwara, pictured here in January 1916.

The 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, will feature a flower encrusted Sikh float for the first time in the parade’s 126-year history.

It’s estimated that 700,000 Sikhs live in the U.S.. According to NBC News, Rashpal Dhindsa — founder of the United Sikh Mission — believed that participation in the famous New Year’s Day parade would help Americans across the country to better understand Sikh culture.

The float will be modeled after Stockton Gurdwara, a 100-year-old place of worship located in Stockton, California.