Miniature music festival set for Saturday

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Price Breakers manager Chelsea Reid stands next to a display table inside her store during last year’s second annual Party in the Parking Lot for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, which raised more than $1,000 to help fight muscular dystrophy. 

With a slew of musical acts lined up to perform on Saturday, the Third Annual Party in The Parking Lot is set to run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

“We have so many bands that just want to come out and play, so we said, we have the whole day and the city won’t shut us down until 11 p.m., so let’s go until then,” organizer Chelsea Reid said.

“A lot of times they just don’t have the benefit of having any place to play … It just gives them a chance to come out and show off their talent.”

Accompanying the musical acts at the Price Breakers parking lot at 86 South Industrial Dr. will be various children’s activities, Reid said.

While everything will be free of charge, she admits that there will be some passive guilt involved in order to drum up support or Muscular Dystrophy Canada – the heart behind the annual party.

The annual event is held in honour of her friend Steve Elias, who died a few years ago as a result of muscular dystrophy.

“It was something that he battled with every day, but he was so optimistic,” she summarized. “He loved music, so this is my little tribute to him.

“A lot of people aren’t even aware of these neuromuscular disorders and what it’s like to have it. Having to watch somebody go through it their whole life, it was hard to see it slowly progress through it.”

Although Elias died at 26, she said that there’s plenty of hope out there, with Muscular Dystrophy Canada providing countless people a leg up.

All money raised at the annual Party in the Parking Lot stays in Saskatchewan and helps people with muscular dystrophy pay for things like wheelchairs.

A portion of the proceeds goes to research efforts.

Last year’s effort raised about $1,000.

This year’s proceeds will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Canada during the Sept. 7 Prince Albert Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy set to take place at Kinsmen Park. 

Organizations: Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Kinsmen Park

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