An estimated 500,000 people celebrated Vaisakhi in Surrey on Saturday – and to their credit, all the garbage was gone within hours after the massive parade. (Photo: Crystal Scuor)

OUR VIEW: Vaisakhi cleanup puts pot partiers to shame

Half a million people attend parade in Surrey and in its wake, things are cleaned up within 10 hours

With big public events come a big responsibility for celebrants to clean up after themselves. Take Surrey’s 20th annual Vaisakhi parade on Saturday.

They say half a million people hit the streets in Newton. Food was enjoyed. Countless paper plates, plastic forks, black garbage bags stuffed with trash, everywhere. You get the picture.

But to the celebrants’ credit, within hours after the parade all that garbage was gone, and all that remained on 128th Street to attest to it having hosted that epic Vaisakhi event was dusty pavement where so many feet had trod.

Surrey’s bylaw manager Jas Rehal said the clean-up went “very well” and City Hall is “very pleased.”

And then, there’s Vancouver and the 4/20 crowd last Friday. Sunset Beach Park was where roughly 40,000 marijuana fans showed up to enjoy Mother Nature, at least figuratively speaking. In its wake, news reports indicate the Vancouver Parks Board will require about 10 weeks to repair damage to that park, although the board has since backed off that estimate somewhat.

So, for that time, the park will be closed to everyone.

Last year’s complete tab for Vancouver’s 4/20 events, which included policing and clean-up bills, was reportedly $250,000. A tab picked up by Vancouver ratepayers. Ouch. (This year, 4/20 organizers have pledged to cover all the city costs, aside from policing.)

It should be noted that while the Vaisakhi parade was on pavement, 4/20 took place on — ahem — the grass.

Consider it, though. Half a million people attend an event in Surrey, and in its wake things are cleaned up within 10 hours. Forty thousand people attend an event in Vancouver, and they’re talking 10 weeks to set things straight again.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?



edit@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow us on Twitter


Just Posted

Celebrate Transit Driver Appreciation Day with BC Transit on Mar. 18

Say a little ‘thank you’ to the people who help you get where you need to be safely, like Sherry Lane

LETTER: There’s a man with a gun over there

Agassiz resident Harvey Andrews shares his thoughts on the latest shooting in Chilliwack

LETTER: Kudos to Kent

Agassiz resident Claude Bouchard shares his appreciation for Kent staff following the winter winds

Hope Search and Rescue worried about looming expiry date for government funding

The province’s 80 SAR groups have been sharing $15 million in grants from previous government

LETTER: Avoiding water bottle refill stations short-sighted

Chilliwack’s Ashala Palaniuk shares her thoughts on Harrison’s decision to say no to refill stations

Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

The adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy include songs and phrases from Canada’s east coast

Travel expected to be slowed by fallout from fire at Toronto’s Pearson airport

All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Murray, 64, was elected in 2008 and served previously as a minister in B.C.’s provincial government

Leivo nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Stars 3-2

Schaller scores first 2 goals of season for Vancouver

UBC study shows honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Scientists analyzed beehives in high density urban areas to those off on Galiano Island

B.C. man mourns the loss of classmate killed in New Zealand mosque attack

When he heard news of the attack, he sent a message to his friend

Most Read