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Canada Day celebration in Airdrie today

Canada is a very multicultural country and this festival celebrates people coming from different cultural backgrounds and traditions that chose Canada to live and grow.
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The AIrdrie Lioness Club proudly walked in last year's Canada Day Parade July 1.

Canada Day is less than a week away and Airdronians will have a chance to celebrate all day long.

“There's just a sense of vibrancy on [Canada] day that really unites the community and so it really does have a sense of belonging and sense of place with everybody,” said Kristen Shima from Airdrie’s culture and event services. 

The day kicks off with a Canada Day breakfast at City Hall hosted by the Kin Club of Airdrie. The free breakfast will have stacks of pancakes for the first 1,500 parade goers to enjoy. 

A 50/50 raffle will be raising funds for community non-profits and of course to really brighten one ticket buyer’s day.T

After scarfing down some pancakes, the Canada Day Parade takes off at 10 a.m. in Downtown Airdrie. Up to 100 floats will glide down the streets with around 30,000 parade goers usually in attendance. View the parade route at Airdrie.ca/CanadaDay.

While the parade is ongoing, downtown businesses will be hustling and bustling with activities.

“Local businesses throughout the downtown core will be participating in the festivities during the parade and also in the afternoon, but specifically starting right after the parade from noon until 4 p.m.,” said Shima. “There's going to be a map available online at Airdrie.ca/CanadaDay for the community to check out. www.org.”

The Airdrie Lion’s Club and Airdrie Food Bank will also host their 10th annual Canada Day parade barbecue fundraiser in front of the M&M Food Market on 201–121 Main Street SW on July 1 during the City of Airdrie Canada Day parade. 

Airdrie Lion’s Club director Bill Simpson said the barbecue will begin at 10:00 AM where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a hot dog meal for $5.00, hamburger meal for $6.00, cheeseburger meal for $7.00, and a family special meal for $20.00. 

The barbecue will run during and after the parade, according to Simpson, and a dropbox will be present for food donations along with a 50/50 cash prize draw to fundraise for the Lions Foundation of Canada dog guides. The draw will take place at 7:00 PM on July 1.  

“It’s a tremendous experience to raise money for great causes and to share a great lunch,” said Simpson. 

CultureFest will take place in Nose Creek Park following the parade. Guests will be able to enjoy all the diverse entertainments and foods Airdrie has to offer all in one place.

The final day of the Airdrie Pro Rodeo also takes place on July 1 at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds with Junior Rodeo at 3 p.m. and Pro Rodeo at 4 p.m.

Residents can enjoy cowboy culture with an action-packed schedule of events. This annual event is organized by the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer driven community group who are committed to preserving rural roots and promoting Airdrie’s great community. Visit airdrieprorodeo.com for more information.

And finally, the day will wrap up with Canada Day Fireworks at Chinook Winds Regional Park between 10:45 p.m. and 11:05 p.m.

A 20-minute brilliant and dazzling artistic light performance to be enjoyed by all, states the City of Airdrie. Grab blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to watch the show. 

Airdrie currently remains under a fire ban due to water main infrastructure issues discovered in Calgary. This means Airdrie will make adjustments to the fireworks event if the fire ban is still in effect for July 1. 

The fireworks show is visible from multiple locations within a 2.5 km radius.

The City of Airdrie encourages residents to limit the use of parking spaces and instead use bikes, transit, e-scooters, or going on foot to get to the different events. 

Updates can be found at Airdrie.ca/CanadaDay

 

CultureFest

The multicultural community festival will have live music and performances, beer gardens, delicious food, cultural activities, and experiences from Airdrie’s vibrantly diverse communities presented throughout the afternoon on Canada Day. 

Nose Creek Regional Park will be laid out by continents with vendor booths and cultural groups representing their countries together with neighbouring countries from their continent. Visitors can walk from country to country, experiencing different foods, performances, crafts, demonstrations, workshops, music, and conversations.

“We're celebrating people, the different cultural groups in Airdrie who have chosen Canada,” said Kim Glass, the team lead of Airdrie CultureFest. “A lot of Canadians were born here, but even myself, this was a place I wanted to, from a young age, live.”

She said Canada is a very multicultural country and this festival celebrates people coming from different cultural backgrounds and traditions that chose Canada to live and grow.

Local performers will be taking to the main stage throughout the afternoon with a world renowned headliner performance at 6 p.m. That headliner is St. Lucia born soca artist, producer, and songwriter, Motto.

The idea for CultureFest came from a community member who approached the City of Airdrie.

“It's been a need and a want for a lot of different groups and people, but there hasn't been a planning committee or a set group to make it come to fruition,” Glass said.

They are hoping to make it an annual event, Glass said.

-With files from Scott Rowan/ Airdrie City View


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