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Steveston is home to Canada’s biggest birthday party

Steveston celebrates Canada Day on July 1 with the 69th annual Steveston Salmon Festival. - Richard Lam
Steveston celebrates Canada Day on July 1 with the 69th annual Steveston Salmon Festival.
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The streets of Steveston will be alive with red-and-white colour as revellers celebrate the nation’s 147th birthday on Canada Day.

The 69th annual Steveston Salmon Festival returns on July 1 and volunteer organizers have brought back the favourite attractions that bring tens of thousands to the fishing village each Canada Day: pancake breakfast, parade, live entertainment, trade show, crafts and children’s activities.

It’s a festival organized by dedicated volunteers.

Janice Froese, executive director of the Steveston Salmon Festival, says people never tire of the annual Steveston Salmon Festival parade because, she believes, it reflects positively on the community.

“We try to keep the focus on community and because of that we see a lot of the community organizations represented in the parade,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for them to be seen by tens of thousands of people along the parade route and also for show their Canadian pride. And one of the things I really enjoy about the parade is seeing all the kids and their sports teams and the smiles on their faces and how much fun they’re having.”

The fun begins bright and early at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in the parking lot of Steveston Community Centre hosted by 12th Richmond Scouts. Cost is $8 per plate cash only.

The Children’s Bike Parade will provide the first spectacle, at 9:30 a.m.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Garry Point Park, Seventh Avenue and Chatham Street, then turns south on Third Avenue, winds back onto Moncton Street and ends at Railway Avenue.

Featuring more than 100 entries including floats, marching bands, celebrities, politicians, and community groups, it is the official kickoff to the 69th annual Salmon Festival. The official opening ceremonies will be held on the main stage at noon with dignitaries, speeches and the singing of O Canada.

One of the main attractions is the ever-popular and world famous salmon barbecue. More than 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets will be served, after being grilled over open fire pits. The popular treat, $15 per plate, sells out every year.

For complete details including a schedule of events, parade map, road closure notice and parking information, please visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website at www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca.

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