Maritimers love to party and Pugwash is no
exception. Canada Day, July 1st, kicks off our summer of parties
with the Gathering of the Clans. This event is the first
Highland celebration of the season. It is a party, Scottish
style, with piping, drumming, highland dancing, highland games,
artisans, midway, concerts, food and artisan vendors and
stupendous fireworks display at dusk.
The Grand Parade winds its way along streets lined with throngs
of people. We fill our parade with pipe and drum bands, floats,
fire trucks, clowns,
horses and surprises.
Early in the morning, local and international highland dancers take
to the Eaton Park stage for ScotDance sanctioned competions. Lovers of Pipes and Drums will
enjoy the ACPBA sanctioned competitions on the grounds of the
national historic site, Thinkers' Lodge. At the Cyrus Eaton Elementary
School, steely muscled men dressed in their
kilts, toss the caber and compete in other highland games.
Many of these competitors are Canadian and international
champions at their sport.
The official opening is at 2
pm in Eaton Park,
when local, Provincial and Federal