Small Acts, Big Impact: Supporting Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan 2024 in Calgary

Calgary Parking is proud to support Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan 2024, hosted by The Dashmesh Culture Centre in Calgary on Saturday, May 11. This yearly Vaisakhi parade in Northeast Calgary celebrates unity and kindness, highlighting the significance of treating everyone with respect and kindness.

Throughout Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan, we encourage you to be a helpful neighbour by doing your part to park safely and legally, making sure traffic is moving smoothly and following community rules. This small act of respect and kindness will have a big impact on people's experiences getting around safely and enjoying the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan in Calgary.

More than 100,000 people attend this Sikh celebration, so we want everyone to get around safely and be aware of best parking practices. If you opt for public transit, look for shuttle buses that can make getting around easier. If you do choose to drive, see below for more information about best parking practices.

Parking bans during Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan

During Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan, parking bans will be in effect on the day of the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan Parade from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parade route areas to keep everyone safe and make the event go smoothly. Parking bans are marked by 3-foot-high square "No Parking" signs along the parade route and other designated no-parking zones. They will be set up and validated at least 12 hours before the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan Parade. Calgary Parking camera-enforcement vehicles will patrol neighbourhoods around Northeast Calgary on the day.

The following temporary parking restriction will also be in effect:

  • Martindale Boulevard N.E.between Martinbrook Road and Falconridge Boulevard N.E.
  • 54 Avenue between Castleridge Boulevard and Westwinds Drive N.E.

To avoid getting a ticket or having your vehicle towed, DO NOT park:

  • On On McKnight Blvd/Metis Tr N.E.
  • On private property (like Superstore, Shaw, Day Ross, etc.).
  • Within 5 meters of a Stop or Yield sign.
  • Within 1.5 meters of an alley entrance or driveway.
  • In an alley and block access.


If your car is towed, it is taken to the Municipal Impound Lot and you have to pay the towing and storage fees to get it back. However, you can pay for the parking ticket later if you receive one.

Fines Payment Schedule
Fine Amount After 30 Days $75
If Paid Between 10 and 30 Days $50
If Paid Within 10 Days $40

See Calgary Traffic Bylaw

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make sure my vehicle won't get towed?

Please pay attention to parking signs, follow traffic control rules in the area and be considerate of private property along the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan Parade route. Expect most locations along the parade route to be closed for about three hours after the event. There will also be temporary parking restrictions on:

  • Martindale Boulevard N.E. between Martinbrook Road N.E. and Falconridge Boulevard N.E.
  • 54 Ave. N.E. between Castleridge Boulevard N.E. and Westwinds Drive N.E.

You must receive permission from the owner, tenant, occupant, or person in control to park on private property. You need permission from the owner, tenant, occupant, or person in charge to park on private property. If you park there without permission where signs say it's private property, you might get a ticket or be towed.

Why do we have parking regulations during Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan in Calgary?

The parking regulations help keep traffic moving smoothly. Calgary Parking makes sure everyone follows them to make things safer, maintain order, and keep traffic flowing. Standard parking rules return after 7 p.m.

How does Calgary Parking support Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan?

Calgary Parking officers support the event organizers by making sure that the correct signage information is set up a few days before the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan Parade. These signs are placed strategically so that people passing through the neighbourhood will notice them. Our enforcement team verifies the locations and details on the signs for accuracy before validating the parking ban.

What should I know about Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan?

Vaisakhi is an important day in the Sikh calendar. Every year, the Sikh Community hosts the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan parade, a fantastic celebration of Sikh culture and the second-largest annual parade in Alberta. It draws over 100,000 people from Calgary, Alberta and beyond. After the parade, there's a festive event at Prairie Winds Park. Everyone in the city is welcome to have a safe, fun and memorable time.

Where can I find out about Calgary's road closures during Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan?

You can find more information about lane restrictions and road closures during Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan, including a calendar for upcoming Calgary special events.  

How can I travel around Calgary safely and conveniently for Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan if I don't drive a vehicle?

If you're not driving, you might find it convenient to walk, or take public transit. If you opt for public transit, look for shuttle buses that can make getting around easier. Just be sure to watch for signs indicating where to catch the bus.

I believe I got a parking ticket unfairly, what should I do?

If you believe you got a parking ticket unfairly, you can request a review or appeal up to 10 days before the court date. Just remember, you can only appeal unpaid tickets.

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