UPDATED: Canada Day celebrations moved to Kinsmen Park
By Sarah Wallace
The Prince Albert Multicultural Council and the city decided to move this year’s Canada Day Celebrations from the riverbank to Kinsmen Park because of high river levels.
This now means the Multicultural Council will share Kinsmen Park with the Prince Albert Royal Canadian Legion for Monday's festivities.
Executive director for the council Shayne Lazarowich said it will be really good to share the park with the Legion.
“It’s something I’ve sort of thought about in the past and I think it be great because [the legion’s] events will start at 11 a.m. and we’ll finish with fireworks in the evening so it will be a full day for everyone that’s there,” Lazarowich said.
He said their program is going to be the same but their only limitation will be with the fireworks display.
“The fireworks display will be perhaps slightly smaller than what it would have been on the riverbank and that’s because of insurance purposes and space and stuff like that, that will be the only difference, I think it will be excellent,” said Lazarowich.
The Multicultural Council’s portion of the day are still scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.
The council will be providing free music, entertainment and children activities, along with food, beverages and the fireworks later in the evening.
“The Legion will be there all day and I’ve already asked them if they want to stay throughout our event, that would be wonderful too because I don’t see why we can’t get everyone in Kinsmen Park,” Lazarowich said.
He said the venue won’t change even if the water along the river is back to a normal level by Monday.
Legion Events at Kinsmen Park
This year marked the 42nd year the Legion has held Canada Day festivities in Prince Albert.
The parade began at 12:45 p.m. in Kinsmen Park and live entertainment went from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A March of the Colours took place at 12:55 p.m. along with a singing of O’Canada.
The legion will also hosted a slow pitch tournament in the park from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
There was also children’s programs, balloons, face painting, games and food booths.
The Ladies-Auxiliary also hosted Bingo from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The City of Melfort is also be hosting their annual Canada Day celebration.
After an official clock tower ceremony at the old post office at 3 p.m., Festivities moved to the Memorial Garden for the official Canada Day opening.
MP Randy Hoback and MLA Kevin Phillips will be in attendance.
After that, there will be a legion parade, speeches, cake and coffee with events continuing afterwards at Spruce Haven.
For more on community events visit the Community Event Calendar or Community Group News.
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