Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrations Planned to Open Peace Bridge

The party is about to begin.

Calgarians are invited to join a community celebration to mark the opening of the Peace Bridge March 24 with food, fun and lots of entertainment.

Starting at 2 p.m., the open area at the south end of the bridge will come alive with bands, roving entertainment, food trucks, information displays and local celebrities. The party kicks off with a First Nations Elder blessing followed by stilt walkers who will lead a parade of pedestrians, cyclists and special guests 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 and hip-hop crews The Original Rudes and Grim Reminder on a stage on the south bank of the river. The 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 local groups will be providing roving entertainment. There will be a number of 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.

Detailed information on the opening events, site access and available parking will be on starting Monday.

Pedestrians and cyclists approaching the party from the north side of the river should be aware there is a marathon along the pathway so access to the Peace Bridge is restricted until 2 p.m.

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