Duncan Day features parade, pancakes, fun

Downtown Duncan is packing all its summer celebration fun into one day on Saturday, July 16.

Downtown Duncan is packing all its summer celebration fun into one day on Saturday, July 16.

The efforts have been concentrated this year, so everyone can enjoy everything.

The schedule of events kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Rotary pancake breakfast by Just Jakes on Craig Street.

Then, it’s time for the Kids’ Parade.

There’s an “Out of This World” theme this year so get the kids dressed up as their favourite space character, or even a rocket ship. Cycle Therapy’s decoration station will be open at Kenneth and Jubilee to help you before judging starts at 9 a.m., with the parade hitting the road down Kenneth at 9:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m. the Duncan Farmers Market opens, as well.

Also on the streets of Duncan during the day, organizers are planning a vintage and classic motorcycle show, with registration at 9 a.m.

In addition, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free rides and activities will be available.

Be sure to get your lawn chairs out for the Grand Parade, organized by the Duncan-Cowichan Festival Society and sponsored by Riba Holdings. It leaves its starting point by the Island Savings Centre at 11 a.m. and winds its way through the downtown core.

There have been a few changes in this year’s parade, following some problems last year.

According to Rick Martinson, senior partner at the MNP accounting firm and Duncan Cowichan Festival Society president, “a shortage of available traffic-control personnel, along with stricter operational requirements from insurance providers, resulted in increased costs and prompted changes to the parade route for 2016. It was support from key partners and members of the local business community that saved the day.

“This year we were fortunate to receive a generous sponsorship from RIBA Holdings Ltd., which greatly assisted in covering the unexpected increase in costs. Other key partners include the City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan and the Duncan Business Improvement Area Society, who have promoted the Grande Parade alongside of their own Duncan Day celebrations. Island Savings Centre and the Duncan Daybreak Rotary Club also provide a tremendous amount of resources to assist with staging and marshalling. It is a community-wide effort,” Martinson said.

Community members need to remember to avoid parking inside the parade boundaries from 9 a.m. until after the event has finished and road blocks are removed.

The parade staging area will be located at the Island Savings Centre (Garden Street and Alderlea Street) and participants are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. to start lining up.

Meanwhile, in town, all afternoon,  hit the summer sales at downtown shops.

At 6 p.m. there will be a fashion show at Duncan City Square followed at 8 p.m. by the Bob Dylan Tribute band, Two Bobs & a Mule, on the City Square stage, presented by the Duncan-Cowichan Festival Society.