Friday, June 12, 2015

37th annual Seafest celebrations kick off today

The Seniors Tea at the Highliner Inn will make for the first of the high profile events for this years Seafest Celebrations, with the recognition of those that have contributed to the city's past taking place starting at 1:30 until 4:30

The Senior's Tea provides the kick off of sorts as Prince Rupert prepares to play host to a three day festival that will attract not only local residents, but those from neighbouring communities and maybe even a large number from distant points.

The latter of course, part of the arrival of the Cruise Ship MS Regatta on Saturday. When that second cruise vessel of the summer season arrives at the Northland Terminal at 8 AM, it will be delivering some 684 passengers right into the heart of the Saturday schedule, with many we imagine taking in some of the activity before the vessel departs at 6 PM.

Prince Rupert's annual festival, which is celebrating its 37th year this weekend, signifies the start of the summer season for the North Coast and is an event that gives Rupertites the chance to let loose a bit and share some good times with neighbours and friends.

The theme of this years Seafest is one of celebration of the work of the Prince Rupert Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, that organization will be a central theme to this years Seafest parade taking place tomorrow from 11 AM through the Noon Hour.

The always popular focal point of Saturday will feature floats and marching bands, as well as a wide cross section of Prince Rupert's cultural mosaic and First Nations history.

Motorists are advised to make note of the string of road closures to be in place on Saturday throughout the downtown area, with particular attention to parking restrictions in place on Second Avenue for the period leading up to and including the parade.

Saturday's parade starts at 11 AM from the Prince Rupert Court House
and  will travel down Second Avenue and then up Third
to return to the staging area at conclusion. Motorists
should make note of road closures and parking restrictions

The remainder of Saturday is dedicated to the Third Avenue Avenue events with City Hall the focal point for much of the entertainment.

Sunday of course everything shifts to the Waterfront and full day of on shore and off shore activities.

Throughout the weekend, there are a number of sporting events, entertainment options and fun activities planned for young and old alike.

You can review the full agenda from our preview of Seafest found here.

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