HERITAGE DAYS INVITES NANAIMOITES TO BRING OLD FAMILY PHOTOS TO LIFE
PARADE ENTRIES WITH PERSONAL, NOSTALGIC FLAIR SOUGHT
NANAIMO, BC, April 19 2017 – Nanaimoites are encouraged to bring an extra-personal, nostalgic flair to this year’s Heritage Days parade by taking fashion cues from old family photo albums.
The annual procession is seeking individuals and groups who want to strut, glide or float through downtown Nanaimo on May 21st.
“Spark an idea by finding a photo of your grandparents or parents, no matter what era they’re from, and use it as inspiration for a costume or float,” says organizer Peter Urquhart.
Or 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. Whatever your memory of Nanaimo, it has a place in this year’s Heritage Days parade.
However, Urquhart is quick to point out that you needn’t have deep roots in Nanaimo to enter the parade. The event is inclusive of all families, regardless of whether they’ve been here for 100 years or 100 days.
“We’d love to see newcomers represent their old family photos in the parade too,” he says. “This is all about celebrating the diverse community that’s here today – everyone’s heritage is relevant.”
All parade entries will be eligible for a host of awards, including “Best Heritage Theme.”
Though encouraged, the heritage theme isn’t mandatory for parade entrants and everyone who feels inclined to participate is welcome to sign up by May 5th. If you have an idea but aren’t sure how to move it forward, please contact the parade coordinators via email or phone.
To submit your entry, go to https://nanaimoheritage.org/parade