THOUSANDS of people have filled the streets of Southampton yesterday to celebrate Vaisakhi.

The annual Sikh festival has seen a huge parade weave its way through city streets.

The Sikh New Year is the holiest day of the calendar.

Traditionally it honours the birth of the Sikh Nation in 1699 and takes the form of continuous reading of the Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, over three days.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth master of the Sikhs, transformed the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth, and the festival marks and promotes equality and unity of humanity.

All four of Southampton’s Sikh gurdwaras were incorporated into the procession.