Entries accepted for Nanaimo Heritage Days parade

NANAIMO – March or float in this year's May parade. Entries can be submitted before May 15.

Howard Lockhart volunteered to help with Nanaimo Heritage Days  last year and ended up running the parade.

“Last year I knew nothing about parades. I had to Google it: How to put on a parade. And it worked,” said Lockhart, parade coordinator, who saw about 25 entries and crowds six and eight people deep.

For the second annual Heritage Days parade on May 22, Lockhart is looking for more community involvement, including from cultural groups, but said anyone who wants to be in the parade, can.

Float entries can be submitted before May 15.

The parade made its first march last year, filling the void left by the cancellation of the Empire Days parade which had run in the Harbour City for more than a century. The long-running parade faced controversy for its use of the word ’empire.’ Empire Days Celebration Society members opted to cancel the event last year and rejected a proposal for a joint venture with the city and Snuneymuxw First Nation.

The upcoming event is to celebrate the heritage of the city, said Lockhart, who isn’t sure that there’s parades this big that do that.

“We just want it to be a fun parade day for families and people to enjoy,” he said.

The parade begins at 1 p.m on May 22. For more on the Heritage Days weekend, or to volunteer, please visit  www.nanaimohd.com. Float entries can be submitted to parade@nanaimohd.com.

Just Posted

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Gas companies gouging

Gas station operators charge more for fuel in Nanaimo because they can, says letter writer

Snuneymuxw First Nation shuffles leadership with council election

Three incumbents return as five of 10 council seats contested

No flu outbreaks in Nanaimo yet, but health authority still recommends flu shot

Dr. Paul Hasselback says 260,000 doses of vaccine distributed so far

Couple collecting empties for VIU scholarships can’t pick up cans on campus anymore

Parmars have been picking up cans for 12 years; university now enforcing safety policy

Gogo’s tree farm celebrates 90th year of growing Christmas trees

Gogo Christmas tree farm has grown Christmas trees since 1929 and started U-cut business in 1984

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Nanaimo Clippers holding Teddy Bear Toss

BCHL team has pair of home games this weekend, including charity event Saturday, Dec. 7

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Most Read