There’ll be no shortage of things to see and do during the 2018 Island Farms Victoria Day Parade weekend; here’s what’s going on in and around the city.
- Saturday May 19 10am-6pm: Live entertainment on the Legislature lawns
- Sunday May 20 10am-6pm: Live entertainment on the Legislature lawns
- Sunday May 20 1230pm: 44th annual Decorated Boat Parade in the Inner Harbour, featuring four participating Canadian and United States yacht clubs
- Sunday May 20 2pm-430pm: Festival Of Bands and 4th annual Drum Battle
- Monday May 21 8am: The Esquimalt Lions Club will serve breakfast prior to the parade, with all proceeds benefiting the BC Children’s Cancer Fund
- Monday May 21 855am: 443 Squadron Sea King helicopter fly past (pilots: Captain Daniel Schade and Captain Nick Villa — Airborne Sensor Operator: Corporal Andrew Ginting)
- Monday May 21 858am: F18 Hornets fly past (lead pilot: Major Phil Meikle — wingman: Captain Brian Kilroy)
- Monday May 21 9am: The 120th annual Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, beginning at Mayfair Shopping Centre, Douglas and Finlayson, traveling south on Douglas and finishing at Humboldt. CHEK TV will broadcast the parade live from Summit and Douglas
- Monday May 21 1030am-330pm: 2nd annual Celebration Square at Centennial Square: A free family event featuring food, climbing wall, bouncy castle, storytime, photo booth, face painting, balloons, magicians, live entertainment, and more. Your amiable MC: The Q‘s Chris The Roadie
- Monday May 21 12pm: 21 gun salute on Belleville Street
Where To Watch
The parade route begins at Douglas and Finlayson and ends at Humbolt; there are plenty of viewing spots all along the route. The 443 Squadron Sea King fly past will precede the parade, followed by the first ever fly past of the F18 Hornets to honor all athletes, coaches, and parents worldwide in support of #HumboldtStrong. Note that you’ll be in fairly close proximity to some very loud, low-flying aircraft, so earplugs are highly recommended.
What To Wear
Being prepared is best, so bring a chair and a blanket, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, water, a snack, and perhaps rain gear — just in case. This year’s theme is Blast From The Past: Celebrating The 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, so haul your favorite retro threads out of the closet.
Please respect all parade officials and volunteers in the staging areas and along the parade route. They are donating their time in order to keep everything running smoothly.
Douglas Street from Tolmie to Belleville will be closed to all vehicle traffic during the parade. The main intersections located near the start point will close to traffic at 7am; these include Burnside at Douglas, Finlayson at Burnside, and Finlayson at Blanshard. Douglas Street from Burnside to Humboldt will be closed as of 8am.
Parking will be free at the City’s five parkades and at on-street meters on Sunday and Monday. Note that on-street parking will NOT be available along the parade route.