Published on : Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Lori Albanese who is the community development co-ordinator for the City of Niagara Falls said that people are expecting a larger and much better celebration this year and it is going to be great deal of fun. She added that there would be over 100 volunteers this weekend as Niagara Falls is braced to observe the 150th birthday of Canada.
The entertainment kick starts on Friday between 5 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.
There would be a concert at the city hall of the region featuring the winners of the 2017 Niagara Students Rock Concert. The festivities of Saturday would commence around 9 a.m. with a five-kilometre run or walk for St. John Ambulance at Oakes Park. The registration for this event starts at 8 a.m.
Also, a citizenship ceremony is scheduled for the public library of Niagara Falls on Victoria Avenue between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The Niagara Falls Concert Band would be performing out front of the library between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The OPG Niagara Falls Canada Day Parade is expected to commence around 11 a.m. along Victoria Avenue all the way to Valley Way and Queen Street. It would be ending at Queen Street and St. Clair Avenue.
Derek Sanderson and Marcel Dionne, the hockey legends and Rich Little would be present at the parade grand marshals.
Marcy Mussari, Canada’s Next Designer is going to be the special guest for this event. Large inflatables, colourful boats and matching bands would be a part of this grand parade.
Albanese mentioned that nearly 10,000 colouring books would be distributed and they would all be sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.
The opening ceremonies would be hosted at the city hall around 12.30 p.m.
It would be featuring the singing of the Canadian national anthem with a large choir led by Choir Nation. Live entertainment would follow the opening ceremonies at the city hall’s main stage until 8.30 p.m.
Starting from noon till 4 p.m. Scotiabank Children’s Stage and Scotiabank Children’s Zone comprises face painting, mini-putt, sand castle sculptures, rock climbing, free inflatables, Reptile Kingdom and Electronic Animal rides and so on. These events would all be observed at Rosberg Family Park at the corner of Queen Street and Ontario Avenue.
An art show is also scheduled that celebrates Canadian artists along Queen Street between noon and 4 p.m.
Furthermore, there would be a car show along Queen Street between Victoria Avenue and Crysler Avenue from 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Other attractions include mountain bike stunt team, skateboarding demonstrations, hula hoop fun zone, BMX stunt team, sports and dance performances and EXTREME Music.
Big Brothers Big Sisters would be hosting its Pepper Palace WingFest at Taps on Queen between noon and 6 p.m. that features live bands, a spicy wing eating contest and also a silent auction.
The live entertainment would continue till Sunday at city hall between noon and 5 p.m. that is provided by LiveStock Niagara.
However, it is expected that the weekend might witness some temporary traffic disruptions. Niagara Parks would also mark Canada’s 150th anniversary with an entire lineup of events in the weekend and a free performance on Saturday by indie rock band Hollerado.
The weekend would also be featuring the launch of a new Niagara Parks experience.