The Tide is High Seafest Parade Virtually

Divya Gill 
06/29/2020

The Seafest Parade brought some sunshine to rainy Prince Rupert this weekend even though the parade was held virtually this year.  

The Special Events Society came together to wish and thank the community for all their efforts they put into creating their videos and keeping the community tradition alive.
 
From Marching Bands and Dance Groups to virtual floats and special performances, the half hour of the virtual parade had something for everyone.
 
Before the parade aired the Vice President of Special Events Alex Hogendoorn said he was very impressed by the submissions that they received.
 
"I am so pleased with what people put together and I think people are going to be really impressed with the creativity. we only have about half  as many submissions as we would get in the parade as far as number of float, but still the creativity and the enthusiasm I think are going to still be a real encouragement to everyone."
 
Earlier this year the Special Events Society had cancelled the community event because of the pandemic. But soon after they found a way to keep the Seafest Spirit alive by teaming up with City West.

This year’s theme Turning the Tide seemed the most fitting given the current circumstances.
City West Direct of Marketing Chris Armstrong said

"Seafest is definitely a big part of this community ach year, and it’s too bad it didn’t happen, but when they brought it to our attention this is something wanted to do for the community and we were happy to do it."

Hogendorn added aside from the uncertainty the pandemic it was important to still showcase something to the community and this was the best way they knew how.

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