The village of Pugwash has celebrated Canada Day (previously Dominion Day) on July 1st for nearly 150 years. Celebrations have included parades, family picnics and boat races over the years. In 1951, the Gathering of the Clans was included as part of those celebrations.
The Grand Parade starts at 10am with a police car and fire trucks leading the way down Church Street to Victoria Street. They turn right down Victoria Street and right again onto Water Street. They continue almost to the end of Water Street and turn right again onto King Street and back to where they started. It takes about an hour for the Parade to go the 2km route through the village.
It is a condition of the pipe and drum competition that competing bands must participate in the parade, adding to the spectacle! Commercial and non-commercial groups put together fabulous floats, decorate vehicles or march in the parade. The Shriners come with their clowns and tiny vehicles. The antique tractors and vintage cars sparkle as they parade past the flag-waving crowd. The animals are at the end of the parade with horse drawn carriages, riding horses and ponies and miniature horses. Sometimes other kinds of critters come along. There are prizes for the parade entries, including one for "most humorous".
The fireworks at dusk are another important part of Canada Day. Huge crowds assemble in the park, on the approach roads and bridges and on the water to watch the best fireworks in the County on July 1st!
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Municipality of Cumberland County