NEW YORK (AP) — New York is hosting one of the biggest tributes to Sikh culture in America — a parade down Madison Avenue capped by a sea of turbans.

The Saturday afternoon gathering of thousands of ethnic Sikhs is officially called a “meditation celebration.” But it’s mostly a boisterous walk to live music, with participants wearing the stylish, multi-colored clothing of their culture. On the sidelines of the annual event, vendors offer homemade Indian food.

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The Sikh religion started more than 500 years ago in India’s Punjab region. After a 1984 genocide, many left. In New York, Sikhs are most visible in the borough of Queens.

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The Manhattan parade starts at 1 p.m. on Madison Avenue and East 26th Street and proceeds down to East 26th Street until 4 p.m.

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