Friday, March 23, 2012

Calgarians invited to Peace Bridge celebrations

A community party will rock the shores of the Bow River Saturday as Calgarians converge to celebrate the opening of the Peace Bridge.

Bands, entertainers and food are on the agenda when the bridge opens to the public Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

The pathway and parkland at the south end of the bridge will be the site of the community party that kicks off with a Siksika Elder blessing of the bridge. Bagpipers from the Scottish Tradition School of Piping and local veterans will lead a parade of stilt walkers, invited guests, pedestrians and cyclists across the bridge to officially mark the opening.

The afternoon will see entertainment by local poet Kirk Ramdath, performances by local bands Robot Workers, Locomotive Ghost, Nix Dicksons and Spencer Jo & the Mandrills, cultural dance groups, a Chinese lion dance by White Brow Hap Ging Do Martial Arts and Lion Dance Association and hip-hop crews The Original Rudes and Grim Reminder. Performances will take place on a stage on the south bank of the river, on the bridge itself and on the park area at the south end of the bridge.

The unique travelling DJ vehicle, The Bass Bus, will be on-site offering tours and music. Food trucks will be set up along the pathway system on the south side of the bridge and the Big Bike roving coffee cart will be circulating through the park. There will also be information booths on the south promenade to promote upcoming events planned for the area.

The celebration is being organized by the community with assistance from The City of Calgary.

Pedestrians and cyclists approaching the party from the north side of the river should note access to the Peace Bridge is restricted until approximately 2:15 p.m. due to a marathon occurring along the north pathway. People wishing to be on-hand for the initial opening activities at the south end at 2 p.m. are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Information on the opening event, site access and available parking is available at

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