Rose Parade to include Sikh float for first time in history

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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.

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