Victoria Day Parade 2019, Things You Need To Know: The federal public holiday “Victoria Day” which generally referred to as the “May two-four weekend” as well as “May long weekend” is going to be celebrated on May 20 this year as Victoria Day is celebrated on the Monday preceding May 24 in every single province and territory in order to honours Queen Victoria’s birthday.
The day is also known as “National Patriotes Day” (Journée nationale des patriotes) in Quebec. The day also marks the unofficial beginning of the cottage season where cases of beer are consumed by hard-working Canadians.
The major observances on this day are the grand parade, sporting competitions as well as fireworks. A lot of cities hold a parade on this exceptional holiday, with the most projecting being that which has taken place since the year 1898 in the monarch’s namesake city of Victoria, British Columbia.
This year, we couldn’t be more excited as the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade is back for its 121st year.
It’s promised to be an additional fun-filled and thrilling event and for this, all thanks go to the Greater Victoria Festival Society. As we are so much excited about this so we have arranged some amazing things that you’ll surely want to know before it happens:
When will the Victoria Day Parade be?
This year in 2019, the celebration for the Victoria Day is going to start from early morning and the starting time for the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, 20th May 2019.
Where the Victoria Day parade will be held?
The parade is going to start at Douglas and Finlayson, by Mayfair Mall, and will carry on down to Douglas Street which will then end at Courtney Street.
Well, if there is a parade it’s pretty obvious that the roads must be closed to traveling on that day. So it’s always a good idea to get sure in advance which route to take and which to avoid. Also, if you want to spectate the parade you must reach the right spot on right time so that you can enjoy the parade as per your preference.
They are going to start closing streets off to traffic at 7 am. Here we have arranged the full road closure schedule:
Douglas at Tolmie, Blanshard at Finlayson, Burnside Road East at Finlayson, Burnside Road at Douglas are going to be closed at 7 a.m. till the time the parade gets over at around noon.
Douglas, from Burnside to Courtney is also going to be closed around 7:30 a.m. until the parade is over at around noon.
Entertainment in advance of the great day
The long weekend of the parade is going to feature a collection of shows and performances at the Parliament Building. These performances will start from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, May 18th and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, May 19th. In addition to that, you can also watch the amazing Parade of Bands and 5th annual Drum Battle on Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm.
New year- New Theme
Every single year there is a new theme allotted and this year in 2019, Victoria Day parade is themed the ‘Denim and Diamonds’, so this year break out your be-dazzler and finest jeans and get extravagant to rejoice this historic occasion.
After Parade Party
Well, when the parade gets over the party is still on. There will also be post-parade masses for ‘Celebration Square’ which is going to be held in Centennial Square after the parade gets finished that is from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. There is also going to be soccer darts, bouncy castles, great food, local entertainment & crafts as well as much more amazing stuff.