AROUND TOWN: Celebrating Canada Day at the Steveston Salmon Festival

Steveston was swelling with Canadian pride as thousands turned out for the Steveston Community Society’s 67th Steveston Salmon Festival last Sunday.

The annual Canada Day celebration featured everything from a parade and pancake breakfast in the morning to live performances and carnival activities in the afternoon.

“This is probably my favourite day of the year,” said Janice Froese, the executive director of the Steveston Community Society.

The parade, which had just over 100 floats, was a highlight of the day.

“It was a great parade,” said Froese.

“There were a lot of diverse community groups,” she said.

Steveston was busier than usual during the festival this year as Ships to Shore was happening at the same time.

“It was an added benefit,” said Tracy Paldy, the co-chair of the Salmon Festival.

“There is more chance for community involvement [this year] with the Ships to Shore,” she said.

Due to the timing of the events, the Salmon Festival decided to expand and have part of their festivities, including their carnival rides, open for two days instead of just one.

Any surplus money from the festival, which traditionally goes to a community-oriented project, will go towards an educational garden this year.

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