This is one of the pictures I took of the annual Nagar Kirtan parade on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Calgary. This is a religious event of the Sikh community. It started and ended at the Dashmesh Culture Centre.
I hoped to get a lot of photos, but didn't get much. A positive event turned sour for me, when a parade volunteer approached me on the public sidewalk, and informed that that I was *required* to wear a head covering, had absolutely no choice, and it was a religious obligation that all must adhere to. I informed her that I would not. I feel strongly that my right to not wear a religious symbol is equal to someone else's right to wear such a symbol. For example, I think a Sikh man has every right to wear a turban anywhere in public, and nobody can ask them to remove it, even if it violates somebody else religion or culture.
Calgary held it's Pride Parade along Stephen Avenue Mall. It's microscopic compared to Toronto, but still a good turnout. I was really annoyed with myself, because I forgot to put my memory card in my camera before I left. I only had room for about 8 photos on my camera's internal memory.
Darshan Kang is the Liberal MLA for the provincial riding of Calgary McCall. Darshan Kang's campaign manager James Maxim is now helping Sanam Kang in optimistic hopes of a repeat performance.
Sanam Kang is the Liberal candidate for Calgary Northeast. The event took place outside his campaign office.