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Thunder Bay to Celebrate Canada Day with a Bang

June 27, 2007 – The Recreation & Culture Division proudly announced the details of this year’s Canada Day festivities today. The celebrations will take place on the evening of Sunday, July 1 at Marina Park beginning at 6 pm. Canada Day has become Thunder Bay’s largest annual single-day event with attendance estimates of over 20,000 in recent years.

“We invite everyone to put on their red and white gear and come to Marina Park on Canada Day,” said Tina Petrick, Canada Day Coordinator. “With entertainment and activities for people of all ages this event is a great way for families to celebrate Canada’s birthday.”

The eighth annual Tim Hortons Canada Day Parade will feature a new route this year. Beginning at the Moose Hall the parade will head down Water Street and enter Marina Park at Pearl Street before making its way through the park to the Downtown Heart of the Harbour Stage in the newly improved Festival & Events area.  In the past, the Parade entered the park at Camelot Street. The Parade begins at 6 pm and will feature 20 colourful entries.

Canada Day offers a wide variety of entertainment on three stages. The Downtown Heart of the Harbour Stage will include the Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum and Dance Group featuring Spirit Wind Singers, the Bill Houston Trio, the Blooz Berries, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four and the Rocker Brothers Band. The OLG Acoustic Stage will include a “Most Canadian Canadian” pageant as well as Bobby Knauff bringing comedy to the line-up for the first time. The Youth Stage will showcase local up and coming young performers. And as a festival highlight, 150 members of the Canada Peng You Tai Ji Quan Association will perform with custom-made Canada Day fans.

The “Kids Celebration Station” activity area will include an open community drum circle, paddleboat rentals and games from 1867 to 2007 including pioneer games, backyard games of the 1950’s and innovative games of the present.  In the “Youth Zone” area, the Heart of Canada 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament finals presented by Subway will be a main attraction along with the Giant Twister Tournament that is sure to attract interest.

Canada Day’s grand finale will be a sensational fireworks display that as always, promises to be the highlight of the evening. Fireworks begin at 11 pm. 

Admission to the Canada Day celebrations is free.  There will be no parking allowed in Marina Park July 1.  Free parking will be available in the Heart of the Harbour Parkade.  Free shuttles will be offered to Marina Park from the Community Auditorium, Intercity Shopping Centre and the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre. Shuttles will run from 4:30 pm - 12:30 am.  No personal fireworks or alcohol is allowed in Marina Park during Canada Day.

For more information, call (807) 625-3168 or visit www.Thunder Bay.ca/canadaday.

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Contact: Tina Petrick, Canada Day Coordinator, 625-3168