NEW YORK (PIX11) — The annual Sikh Day Day Parade and Festival featured a large turnout in Midtown, Manhattan Saturday despite the rain.

“It’s such a big event and we feel happy that even with such bad weather, people are still coming with their kids,” said Jantinder Singh. 

The has been going on for more than three decades. The night before, people joined together to create 50,000 vegetarian meals at The Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill. They were then passed out at the event. It was all part of Sikh tradition and community service, Singh said. 

“Every year we have the same enthusiasm despite the rain, we have today. You can see the crowd is in the thousand,” parade official Phupinder Sahni said. 

As part of Sikh Heritage Month, there will also be a turban-tying event next weekend in Times Square, where the Sikh community will demonstrate the symbolism and importance of the turban.