Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia’s capital city at the 120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, community and commercial floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family!

Victoria Day Parade - PlayInVictoria.netVictoria Day Parade

Celebrated every year on the last Monday before May 21, Victoria Day is a Canadian public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.  For many, the date also informally marks the beginning of the summer season and the Annual Victoria Day Parade.

As the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade is the largest parade of the year in Victoria, there is no better place to spend your Victoria Day holiday than here! (see images from past years here via bradedwards.ca)

Previous years parades have featured approximately 150 parade entries – including Canadian and American marching bands, musical floats, cultural entries and festive clowns – and attracted tens of thousands of attendees.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Victoria Day every year and lasts for approximately three hours. The route begins at Mayfair Shopping Centre and winds its way along Douglas Street, before ending at Humboldt Street.

Click here for a direct link to the map of Parade Route

Parade Road Closures

Douglas Street from Finlayson to Belleville Streets will be closed to all north/south traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 1:15 p.m. Please do not park along the parade route.

For BC Transit information on services click here.

Parking

Parking downtown at on-street meters and at City Parkades will be free on Victoria Day. Pay parking is in effect at the City’s surface parking lots 24/7.

Parking is available at the City’s four other parkades:
Bastion Square Parkade, 575 Yates Street
Broughton Street Parkade, 745 Broughton Street (below Central Library)
Centennial Square Parkade, 645 Fisgard Street
Johnson Street Parkade, 750 Johnson Street
View Street Parkade – 743 View Street

For more information about parking downtown, click here.

Registration Information

Register at: Island Farms
Phone: 250-360-5200
Registration Link: www.islandfarms.com

Victoria Pride Week #yyjevents @VictoriaPride

2018 Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 8th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 8:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park. The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.


Complete list of events HERE
Gallery of images Victoria Pride Parade 2011 – 2017

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride WeekThe Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

Chinese New Year Victoria February 18

Chinese New Year VictoriaChinese New Year
Victoria, BC

Chinese New Year Victoria. Come join the celebration and ring in the year of the DOG. We will be performing our annual Chinese lion dance parade. Three new lions will be awakened with a special eye dotting ceremony. Sunday February 18th 12PM at Gate of Harmonious Interest.

There are many Chinese New Year traditions including giving kids money in red envelopes for good luck.

Households also clean their homes in the run up to the Chinese New Year to clear out any bad luck and make room for the good.

To avoid bad luck it’s taboo to say negative words or discuss concepts such as sickness or death.

Setting off fireworks is a major part of Chinese New Year Victoria celebrations. According to the myth, fireworks were used to scare away a mythical beast called Nian that ate crops, villagers and children.

It is also bad luck to break glassware or ceramics. If something is smashed, it should be wrapped up in red paper while uttering phrases about good fortune.

 

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Remembrance Day Events in Victoria

Victoria BC Remembrance DayNOV. 11, 2017
REMEMBRANCE DAY

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place near the Provincial Cenotaph, East Lawns & Driveway of the Victoria Legislature (10:30am – 12:15pm).

The Royal Canadian Legion invites you TO HONOUR THE MEMORY Of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Cause of freedom and peace during 1914 – 1918; 1939 – 1945 Korea 1950 – 1953; and Peacekeeping Forces Afghanistan At the War Memorial: Parliament Square, Victoria, British Columbia November 11th, 2017 At eleven o’clock in the morning – formal Remembrance parade, service and wreath-laying ceremony. Everyone is invited to join us at the Cenotaph on the grounds of the Legislature to honour our Veterans. All are requested to join in singing the vocal numbers on the program. Accompaniments will be played by the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific.

Saanich Remembrance Day Ceremony
10:30am to 12:30pm

Every year on November the 11th, we Canadians take a moment of silence in remembrance of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during wartimes, conflict, and peace. Over 1,500,000 Canadians have served us in this way, and over 100,000 have died for us, for their homes, their families, and their friends. They died for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in. They gave their lives for Canada and the future so that we may all live in peace.

An invitation is extended to you on behalf of Mayor Richard Atwell and Council to attend the District of Saanich’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. The ceremony will begin at 10:45am at the Cenotaph in the front of the Saanich Municipal Hall.

Remembrance Day Colwood/Langford

At 10 am on Remembrance Day, a parade of veterans, police, fire and emergency services personnel, cadets Girl Guides, Scouts and other groups will march from the Langford Legion to Veterans Memorial Park.

The ceremony will take place at 11 am.

The intersection at Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed during the two minutes of silence.

Remembrance Day Hatley Park

Join members of the Royal Roads community and the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club for the university’s Remembrance Day Service.

The program begins at 10:40 a.m. at the cenotaph in the Italian Garden. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the castle drawing room.

RCMP Musical Ride at Royal Roads University

The Victoria Military Music Festival Society is delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour.

Royal Roads University is delighted to host the RCMP Musical Ride Canada 150 tour, locally presented by the Victoria Military Music Festival Society and partners.

The ride is a tradition almost as old as Canada itself, first performed in 1876 in Fort Macleod, Alberta. The modern version features 32 riders and their horses performing intricate, thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music.

Admission is free on a first come, first serve basis with donations gratefully accepted. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, cameras, food, water and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Parking on the university campus will be limited. We encourage you to walk, bike or use public transit. Royal Roads is connected to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, has two bus stops and can also be accessed by bike or on foot via various trails throughout campus.

RCMP Musical Ride – Victoria

The Victoria Military Music Festival Society is delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour.

We are delighted to be the local partner in presenting the RCMP Musical Ride in Victoria and Colwood as part of a special Canada 150 tour. The Musical Ride, with a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, consists of complex and thrilling cavalry figures and drills choreographed to music.
Admission to performances: FREE Admission, donations welcome.

** This is a free and unticketed event

Location: Topaz Park, Victoria
Showtimes: Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.*
Pre-Show: Additional participants to be announced.

Location: Royal Roads University, Colwood
Showtimes: Sunday, August 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.*
Pre-Show: Additional participants to be announced.
*Entertainment by local performers starts at 1:30 p.m. with the Musical Ride commencing at 2:30 p.m.

This event is part of the Canada 150 celebrations. We encourage you to dress up in red and white emblematic of Canada’s colours.

RCMP Musical Ride merchandise will be available on site for sale. Cash sales only.

It could be hot and sunny – so ensure you are protected from the sun.

Bring with you:
chairs or blankets
cameras
snacks

There will be plenty of photo opportunities. Chat with the Musical Ride team, mingle and enjoy the day!

Post your pictures to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Parking at both venues is limited, so to avoid frustration, please consider taking public transport.

Nanaimo Marine Festival & Bathtub Race

Since the inaugral race of 1967, the City of Nanaimo has been home to the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race and Nanaimo Marine Festival.

Help celebrate the 51st race and another whirlwind weekend including launch partystreet fairkids zonevendors and much more!

MAFFEO SUTTON PARK & SWY-A-LANA LAGOON PARK Downtown Nanaimo

Free events for the whole family all weekend include Arts & Crafts Fair, Kiddies Karnival, Food Vendors, a children’s Craft Tent, Born on a Board Wakeboard competition and more.

Friday July 21st: 4PM-11PM
Saturday July 22nd: 9AM-11PM
Sunday July 23rd: 10AM-5PM

KING NEPTUNE DANCE
Maffeo Sutton Park

Friday July 21st

Performers To Be Announced
General Tickets : TO BE ANNOUNCED
Kids 16 and under : $15

** General Tickets will be $60 on the day (if any available)

Tickets can be bought online (COMING SOON)

BATHTUB DAYS STREET FAIR
Downtown Nanaimo

Friday July 21st & Saturday July 22nd

Engaging performances and buskers will be keeping the streets alive with music, acts and dancing all day. Don’t miss the three-block vendor market. Diana Krall Plaza will be home to the Kid’s Zone and plenty of entertainment.

SHAW SAILPAST ON WHEELS PARADE
Downtown Nanaimo

Saturday July 22nd : 10:30AM

The SHAW Sailpast is a fun parade featuring the World’s Largest Bathtub, showcasing the racing Tubs and their sponsors and a variety of Community, Commercial and Military entries.

BATHTUB WEEKEND BEER GARDENS
Maffeo Sutton Park

This year’s Molsons Beer Gardens in Maffeo Sutton Park.

Friday July 21st: 4-10PM
Saturday July 22nd: 12-7PM
Sunday July 23rd: 11AM-4PM

QUALITY FOODS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS FIREWORKS
Nanaimo Harbour

Saturday July 22nd: 10PM

Award-winning fireworks display simulcast to music on 102.3 FM The Wave. It’s a signature event as part of the Nanaimo Marine Festival, the night before the World Championship Bathtub Races.

51st WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE
Georgia Strait

Sunday July 23rd: 11AM-4PM

Again this year, the race will start and end in Nanaimo Harbour. The finish line is below the Frank Ney statue at Maffeo Sutton park!

Victoria Pride Week

The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride Week - PlayInVictoria.netVictoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 9th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: TD presents: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 6: The 4th Annual Beach Party at Sugar Nightclub

July 9:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park

Complete list of events HERE

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

The Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

Victoria Day Block Party 1-5PM #yyjevents @MaritimeMusBC

VICTORIA DAY BLOCK PARTY!

MAY 22 @ 1:00 PM5:00 PM

This Victoria Day, celebrate Canada’s 150th with the Maritime Museum of BC and the Union Club! After watching the parade, come on down to the Victoria Day Block Party (on Humboldt Street, between Government and Douglas). FREE and open to the public, the Victoria Day Block Party celebrates Victoria Day and the Union Club’s new status as a National Historic Site. Activities and admission to the museum will be by donation, all supporting the Maritime Museum of BC.

Bring friends and the family along to enjoy events and activities, including performers, bands, a bouncy castle, interactive Lego Builds, face-painting, food vendors, a beer garden, and much more!

More info: http://mmbc.bc.ca/event/victoria-day-block-party/