By David F. Rooney
Break out your sunscreen, your shorts and T-shirts and be prepared for some serious community fun when Revelstoke celebrates Canada Day on July 1.
The current forecast predicts temperatures of 31° Celsius under clear skies on Monday — in short absolutely typical Canada Day weather. (Let’s pray that forecast holds!)
Meagan MacIsaac, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department programmer, said there is something for everyone this year. Here’s a run down of what’s going on:
10 am —the fun starts for kids at Grizzly Plaza with registration for a Bike Decorating Contest. The children then get to join the parade and show their decorated bikes to the entire community;
10 am-Noon — Bocce registration at Queen Elizabeth Park;
12 pm — the annual Canada Day Parade sets out from the Provincial Court House. This year’s theme is multi-culturalism and it will be interesting to see how float designers and builders tackle this subject;
1 pm — The community party begins at Queen Elizabeth Park with a speech but Mayor David Raven and — in honour of Canada’s First nations heritage — comments from Marilyn James of the Sinixt Nation; there will also be the traditional singing of O Canada, a flag raising ceremony and the cutting of the cake, which is being baked this year by the Modern Café;
1:30 – 5:30 pm — Live music with Maritime Kitchen Party, bocce; traditional kids games including a potato sack race and tug o’ war, a foam pit, sprinklers, face painting and more. For adults there will be a beer garden operated by the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, food vendors; and
At Dusk — There will be a FREE outdoor family movie night for Canada Day! Bring a chair and/or blanket to get settled for a presentation of The Great & Powerful OZ under the stars in QE Park.