Canada Day celebrations set for Kinsmen Park

Matt Gardner
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There’s something for everyone at Kinsmen Park this year as Prince Albert prepares for Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday.

Prince Albert Daily Herald

With the local Royal Canadian Legion branch organizing afternoon events and the Prince Albert Multicultural Council (PAMC) in charge of the evening, the resulting festivities will continue many city traditions for the annual holiday.

“The Royal Canadian Legion branch No. 2 here in Prince Albert started the whole Canada Day picnic celebration 43 years ago,” Legion office manager Nancy Taylor noted.

“Nobody in Canada did it and it was started by … two or three of the veterans here (who) decided that they wanted to have something for the families to get together to celebrate.”

This year’s celebrations begin with a march out from the Kinsmen Park Arena parking lot at 12:45 p.m. Revelers will walk down Central Avenue to the park, at which point a special ceremony will kick off events.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., an eclectic variety of performers including Irish dancers, pipe bands, vocalists and old time musicians will offer a relatively easygoing soundtrack for individuals and families at Kinsmen Park.

“There won’t be the headbangers,” Taylor said with a chuckle.

“Because it’s such a diverse group … they want to keep it so that everybody will sit and enjoy it … People may start walking away if it’s too loud and ‘bang bang bang bang bang,’ because the older they get, the harder it is on their nerves.”

Aside from live entertainment, the Legion will have a food booth featuring homemade pie and ice cream where members will be selling tickets for a trip draw.

Meanwhile, the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be looking after a range of activities in the children’s area.

Come evening, the PAMC will take over responsibility for organizing events, starting with introductions and soundcheck at 5 p.m.

Forgive and Forget take the stage at 5:30 p.m. as the first musical act of the evening, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30 that include a flag march and the singing of O Canada.

We have of course a variety of multicultural food that they can purchase at the event. Michelle Hassler

Subsequent musical performers include The New Twenties at 7 p.m., Crazy Fox at 7:45 p.m., The Goats at 8:30 p.m. and closing band Cheap Luxury at 9:15 p.m. The winner of a 50/50 raffle draw will be announced at 9 p.m.

Throughout the evening, kids will have their fair share of entertainment options, including facepainting, bouncy castles, balloon animals and novelty toys.

“We will also have a cotton candy and an ice cream trailer … and then we have of course a variety of multicultural food that they can purchase at the event,” PAMC assistant executive director Michelle Hassler said.

Fireworks will close out the celebrations at sunset, which Hassler estimated would likely take place between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Admission is free at all of the day’s events.



12:45-1:00 -- March sets out from Kinsmen Park Arena to park

1:00–5:00 -- Assorted live entertainment (dancers, musicians)

5:00-5:30 -- Start/Introductions/Sound checks

5:30-6:00 -- Forgive and Forget

6:00-6:30 -- Setup/sound check (for The New Twenties)

6:30–7:00 -- 2014 Opening Ceremonies (including flag march and singing of O Canada)

7:00–7:30 -- The New Twenties

7:30-7:45 -- Sound check (for Crazy Fox)

7:45-8:15 -- Crazy Fox

8:15-8:30 -- Sound check (for The Goats)

8:30-9:00 -- The Goats

9:00-9:15 -- Sound check (for Cheap Luxury) and 50/50 raffle draw

9:15-10:00 -- Cheap Luxury 

10:00 p.m. -- Fireworks (approximate time, depending on sunset)

Organizations: Prince Albert Multicultural Council, Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Albert Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Geographic location: Canada, Central Avenue

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