Gearing up for Brantford's Canada Day celebration
Photo by Paul Barrie, for Brant News
Revelers take in Brantford's 2012 Canada Day celebration.
There’s a way Brant residents can celebrate their community and country this Canada Day: by serving as a volunteer at Brantford’s Canada Day celebration.
Preparations are well underway for this year’s party on July 1 at Lions Park, said Rick Mannen, chair of Brantford’s Canada Day committee.
“This is another opportunity for the city to host an event for residents of our community and the surrounding areas,” Mannen said. “We want to plan the best party possible.”
Mannen said a major Canadian band from the 1970s will headline this year’s celebration.
While attendance was down slightly last year, Mannen said about 25,000 people attended Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell’s headlining performance in 2011. Organizers are expecting a large turnout again this summer.
“By April, we hope to be making some announcements, including our headliner and other events,” Mannen said. “We are still firming up our entertainment lineup and children’s entertainment.
“This year, we will have a lot of local bands that are quite popular playing at our grandstand throughout the day. The headliner will attract a wide range of spectators.”
The Brantford Tournament of Races’ Sullivan Bay Great Canadian Trail Run will kick off the celebration as the first event of the day. The run will take place prior to opening ceremonies.
Later in the day, a beer garden, midway amusement rides, vendors and children’s entertainers will help residents mark Canada’s birthday.
“This celebration means a lot to our city and the people who attend,” Mannen said.
Anyone interested in a volunteer opportunity is invited to fill out an application form online at www.brantford.ca/canadaday.