Tens of thousands took to the streets of Vancouver on a beautiful, sunny, Saturday afternoon to take in the annual Vaisakhi festival and sample its sounds, smells and taste.

Vaiskahi, which commemorates the birth of the Sikh nation, has been celebrated for thousands of years as a time to welcome spring, a time for new life and a chance to bring community together.

Organizers say  tens of  thousands of people attended this year's parade and festival, a boon for businesses in the Punjabi Market which have lately fallen on tough times.

With files from the CBC's Farah Merali