Thursday, June 30, 2016

Canada Day lineup offers wide range of Prince Rupert events for Friday

While taking in Canada Day 2015 might require an umbrella, the show will go on with a Noon hour start to the four hour celebration of Canada's 149th birthday.

Speeches, music, games and a Civic Recognition ceremony make for the majority of the afternoon events which take place from Noon to 4 PM at the City's Mariner's Park, with fireworks planned for late Friday evening weather permitting.

Prince Rupert's Mariner's Park on 1st Avenue West is the host
site for the annual Canada Day celebrations on Friday

Cake slices will be handed out shortly after the singing of O Canada which launches the afternoon event while those taking in the days activities can also test their knowledge of Canadiana with a Canadian history quiz for both children and adults.

The Musical portion of the afternoon starts at 12:30 and among those taking to the stage at Mariner's Park include:

Men Who Listen
Karin and Mark of Hot Flash
Lance Clark
The Prince Rupert Community Band
Olivia appearing with Hot Flash

This years Annual Civic Recognition Ceremony takes place at 1:30, the first time that the ceremony has taken place as part of the Canada Day activities.

In October, after a recommendation from the Special Events Society, Prince Rupert City Council voted to shift the date of the community recognition event, making it part of the Canada Day celebrations and to let the community share in the achievements of those that are to be honoured for this year.

Children's Games are always a popular part of the Canada Day celebration and this year things get underway at 2 PM, Prince Rupert's youth and young visitors to the city can take part in large list of games and activities some of which include:

Wheel barrow race
Spoon and Egg race
Backwards race
Leap Frog
3 legged race
Paper airline toss
Water ballon toss 
Sack Race

Finding your best Red and White outfit and wearing it to Mariner's gains you an entrance into the Canadiana Costume Walkabout which marks the final event of the daytime activities at 3 PM.

Mariner's Park will fill up again later in the evening, as Canada Day organizers launch the annual display of fireworks over the Prince Rupert harbour, the event is scheduled to take place at 11:15 but is dependent on the weather conditions, should organizers not be able to launch on Friday, the alternate date is Saturday at the same time.

If you have some time to spare to lend a hand, the Special events society is looking for some help when it comes to the set up and take down for the day's activities, more information on that can be found here.

You can updates on Friday's events from the Prince Rupert Special Events Society Facebook page and website

More items related to community events on the North Coast can be found on our archive page.

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