Nanaimo May Day Parade, Circa 1930. Image E-05123 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

2018 Contests & Awards

New Contests coming for the 2018 Nanaimo Heritage Festival, check back soon!

2017 Contests & Awards

Nanaimo Heritage Days proudly presents three new contests for 2017 – the Honorary Parade Marshall Community Contest, Heritage Treat Competition, and the Heritage Parade Contest:

Heritage Treat Competition

This is a competition where the best-of-the-best compete against each other and the community does the delicious taste testing and judging to determine the winners.

Along with the winners taking home their bragging rights, there is also 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards and a prize package!

Community participation will occur on a first-come-first-serve basis; a total of 150 tickets for each category (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) will determine the contest outcome.

To be included as a competitor in this year’s Heritage Treat Competition, enter the Heritage Treat Competition.

Note: To enter your delicious treat into the Heritage Treat Competition you must provide sufficient samples to accommodate 150 participants.

Honorary Parade Marshall – Community Contest

Help us celebrate and honour an outstanding member of our community in this year’s heritage parade by nominating them for this year’s Honorary Parade Marshall!


The winner of the Honorary Parade Marshall Contest will be chosen based on Community Spirit, Contributions to the Community, Historical Significance, and Time spent in the Community.

Heritage Parade Contest

Celebrating Nanaimo’s broad cultural heritage, the Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade displays our community’s passions and helps tell the story of our heritage, from our First Nations people, to our coal and natural resources, to the railroad and marine transportation and beyond.

You needn’t have deep roots in Nanaimo to enter the parade – this is all about celebrating the diverse community that’s here today – everyone’s heritage is relevant.

What old Nanaimo landmark or organization would make a great springboard for a float or parade entry? You could reference iconic Nanaimo events and landmarks – a group of girls in vintage prom dresses as a nod to the late Jean Burns store, for example.

The heritage theme isn’t mandatory for parade entrants and everyone who feels inclined to participate is welcomed to sign up.

This year’s parade entrants will compete for awards in the following categories:

  • Best Heritage Theme
  • Best Community Entry
  • Best Musical Entry
  • Best Parade Float
  • Best of Parade

Come join in the fun and start getting your parade entry ready for this year’s parade! For more details on how to enter, visit the Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade page.