Image from the Gallery Archives at www.seacavalcade.ca
What a weekend this July 22-24 on the Sunshine Coast.
The annual Sea Cavalcade, a beloved favorite among the Coast’s summer festivals, begins Saturday morning with, of all things, the ‘largest outdoor yoga class on the Sunshine Coast’ and then promptly heads into intense action for the remainder of the weekend.
Watching the runners race in for the Sea Cavalcade Mile ahead of the start of the Parade – especially all relaxed from yoga – is exciting. The entrants are really ‘giving it’ with such a short distance and it’s thrilling to see them finish.
The Fraser Blues Aerial Demonstration Team do their Fly Past at 11am on the dot, so be ready. (For a firsthand look at the Blues from the perspective of a passenger, check out Duane Burnett’s awesome slideshow.) This year writer Heather Jeal has the ‘magic seat’ (I’m not sure if it’s for the fly past or the show on Sunday) – watch the feed at http://www.twitter.com/bigpacific, I’ll try and keep up with her!
Then comes the parade, beginning in Upper Gibsons, and don’t forget to bring your chair, a hat and plenty of water/snacks.
Family Day up at Brothers Park is the place to be for parents and kids of all ages. Bring a towel for water games, and some cash for ice creams, food concessions and souvenirs. This is also the location for the presentations for the 2011 Golden Girl, the 2011 Sea Cavalcade Royals, and the Business Decorating Challenge Awards.
A Salmon Barbeque will be a popular stop in Holland Park between 5 – 7:30 pm Saturday, but make sure you don’t forget about the infamous ‘Boat Explosion‘ in Gibsons Harbour at 5pm. This is when you see your Coast Guard volunteers strut their stuff in a Rescue Exercise.
Afterwards, head back to Holland Park for vendors booths, educational displays, concessions and souvenirs – or hit Winegarden Park after 5pm for Story Theatre, and the Beachcombers Log Pull Contest. There’s also a Virtues Rock Treasure Hunt: 300 painted rocks are hidden around the parks and businesses in Gibsons Landing, sponsored by the Baha’i Community. The rocks are keepsakes, with a virtue painted on the bottom of each one; but some are extra-special ‘winner’ or ‘prize’ rocks that can be brought to the booth on Gower Point Road.
Teens especially look forward to the Sea Cavalcade Family Street Dance. For only $3, you get live music and a dance performance – but remember, this is a ZERO TOLERANCE event: no alcohol, no drugs, just your spirited selves will do.
The grand climax Saturday is the iconic Fireworks in the Harbour at 10pm. The best place to watch from is Holland Park’s hillside below the Town of Gibsons and the Gibsons Public Library, but get there early as it can get crowded. There will be extra bus service after the fireworks.
Wow, do they know how to pack the events in at SeaCav. Just check out this schedule:
- 8-11am: Pancake Breakfast
- 9-11am: Kids Fishing Derby
- 10am: the famous Keats to Armours Mile Swim
- 10-4: New and Vintage Wooden Small Craft display
- 10-4: Sea Shanty Sing-A-Long Karaoke (now THAT I want to hear)
- 11-3: Display Booths
- 11-4: Gibsons Lions Club Lunch
- 11-11:45: Logger Sports Show
- 12-3: Kids Water Sports (tons and tons of ‘em)
- 12:30pm: Fraser Blues Air Show
- 1pm: Sea Cavalcade Regatta Thistle Race – it’s back!
- 1:30pm: Fundraiser Firewood Live Auction
- 2:30-3:15 Loggers Sports Show
- 5-8pm: Party in the Park to close out the weekend
If you’re going, take some pictures and send them along with your ‘guest comments’ – I’d love to hear from you. Chances are, I’ll even see you there!