Parade lovers have got it made

A wide variety of entertainment brackets the Summer Festival Grand Parade this weekend. - Andrew Leong/file
A wide variety of entertainment brackets the Summer Festival Grand Parade this weekend.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Everyone loves a parade and Saturday's 35th-annual Duncan Cowichan Summer Festival grand parade is sure to be another crowd-pleaser.

"Lots of entries,'' raved parade coordinator Denise Mansell.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. from the Island Savings Centre by the library and will wind its way along parts of James Street, Canada Avenue, Fourth Street, Jubilee Street, Kenneth Street, Queens Road and Alderlea Street before returning to James Street and finishing back at the ISC.

Mansell indicated there is a wide variety of entries from Empire Days and Island Savings floats to the Cowichan Pipes and Drums, Wedderspoon Organics, Blue Knights, and small business, non-profit groups like Glenora Farm and Cowichan Independent Living.

The Children's Parade takes place the following day, Sunday, July 13 at 11 a.m.

The merchants of downtown Duncan are encouraging kids to organize their costumes, dress their bikes, trikes, toys and pets and then meet Penny The Owl in the parking lot at 186 Kenneth Street in Duncan at 10:45 a.m. Sunday to prepare for the start.

The Duncan Fire Department has been instrumental in making it happen and Rembrandt's Chocolates is supplying some tasty prizes.

More information is available from the Duncan Business Improvement Area Society office at 250-715-1700.

When the parades aren't traversing the streets, the spotlight will continue on the 39 Days of July entertainment.

Saturday's schedule after the grand parade on the CUPE stage includes performances by indie/pop artist Emily Paton at 1 p.m., Latin/reggae influenced Cheko at 2 p.m., country/rock group Simon Sayz at 3 p.m., Saritah with Australian roots/reggae at 6 p.m. and rock 'n' rollers Henry Locke and Friends at 7 p.m.

AC/DC tribute band Beer C/DC heats up the City Square stage Saturday at 7 p.m.

Children's performances/activities on the CUPE stage after the children's parade Sunday feature: hoola hoop hooligans at noon, Juno award winner Norman Foote at 1 p.m., The Wizard at 2 p.m., Sing-A-Long with Norman at 3 p.m. and a songwriter's circle that includes Foote, Russell Marsland and Kendell Patrick at 7 p.m.

Check daily schedules for the remainder of the entertainment running until Aug. 4.


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