LIVINGSTON -- Sikh residents are preparing for the annual parade that celebrates their heritage.
Who will show up and what'll be on exhibit today is anyone's guess. "It's organized chaos," said Gurpal Samra, the event's coordinator and the city's mayor. "I don't know what we'll get until the night before."
Last year, a Los Angeles temple for non-India-born Sikhs entered a float and Bay Area sword fighters showed up.
The event, beginning at noon today, draws more than 3,000 people from the Central Valley and Bay Area.
Livingston's 10th Hola Mohalla parade celebrates the Sikh religion, a tradition that helps other residents become more familiar with their culture.
"It's a learning affair," Samra said.
Hola Mohalla, which translates to mock fight, dates back to the 1700s, when Sikhs would march from town to town, demonstrating their fighting skills.
The parade will start at Sikh Temple at 2765 Peach St., travel along Main Street to the Guru Nanak Temple on B Street and then turn around and head back to the start.