The City of Charlottetown’s Peoples’ Night Parade, which takes place during the City’s New Year’s Eve celebration Capital New Year – First Night 150 at 6 p.m., will have a special component to engage the public thanks to students from Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean. The students hand crafted lanterns for the parade, some of which will be provided to the public to encourage participation.
A first of its kind for the City, the Peoples’ Night Parade will tell the story of our Island and Canadian People over the past 150 years. The cultural richness of Mi’kmaq, Francophone, Celtic-European, Global Newcomers, and LGBTQ+ persons will be represented. Weaving people and parade together will be light from the handmade lanterns, as well as lit kite-style banners.
The lanterns will be featured in the parade as it travels along Great George Street from Back Alley Music (169 Great George Street) to Grafton Street. Spectators are encouraged to line the route on the sidewalk to watch the parade unfold and follow the actors as they move along the parade route to its conclusion at the Capital New Year – First Night 150 mainstage, which will be located at the intersection of Great George and Grafton streets. Be sure to come early to get a good vantage spot to watch the parade.
During the parade, the street will be transformed into a stage of sorts, with performers choreographed in ethnic and contemporary dance, theatre, and comedy set to music. This presentation will tell the story of Canada’s People from a PEI perspective. At the height of the performance will be a large, celebratory circle dance where spectators will be invited to join in.
As a community production, the performers have been recruited from a variety of cultural backgrounds through the support of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Fédération culturelle de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, PEI Persian Community, the Indo-Canadian Association, the PEI Chinese Association, as well as from members of the Celtic community.
To learn more about the City’s Capital New Year – First Night 150 event and the Peoples’ Night Parade, join our event page at: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown or check out the event schedule at: www.charlottetown.ca/Canada150.php.
The French translation of this news release is available below.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee spent time with students from Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean recently as they constructed lanterns that will be used during the City’s Peoples’ Night Parade, a component of the Capital New Year – First Night 150 celebration being held on December 31. The students, from left, are: Jack Lapierre and Amanda Mackinnon.
City of Charlottetown