The Canada Day Parade of People returns to downtown Kingston

Kingstonist file photo of 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

Bring your Canada Day swag downtown on Monday, Jul. 1, 2024, and join the Canada Day Parade of People. This is the first parade the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) has held since 2019.

According to a release from the BIA, the parade will leave the Metro parking lot (at Princess and Barrie) promptly at 11 a.m. Participants will receive a free red or white t-shirt upon arrival, while quantities last.

“The parade is a celebration of the rich diversity, vibrant culture and remarkable individuals who call Canada home,” said Jan MacDonald, Director of Events with the BIA. “Everyone is welcome to participate!” 

Lasting approximately an hour, the procession will head down Princess Street and conclude at City Hall with free cake for all. According to the release, the City of Kingston has arranged an afternoon of Canada Day family fun.

The BIA said that the Confederation Park Kids Zone will include everything from inflatables, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, face painting, and an exclusive Improbable Escapes pop-up. In addition, multiple food vendors, including Mio Gelato to Los Gringos Tacos, will be available at The Caesar Co. Beer Garden located in Springer Market Square. With both a day stage in Confederation Park and a main stage in Springer Market Square, you are guaranteed entertainment before the iconic fireworks show over Lake Ontario at 10 p.m.

Individuals, families and community or cultural groups wishing to participate in the parade are asked to register at downtownkingston.ca. (Scroll halfway down the page to see the summer festivals.)

Canada Day activities produced by Downtown Kingston are supported generously by the Department of Canadian Heritage, according to the release.

“The Parade of People respectfully acknowledges that downtown Kingston resides on land which is the traditional territory of the Huron Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, as we work towards a deeper understanding by engaging in relationship and teaching,” the BIA stated.

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