The Nanaimo Heritage Festival is Sunday May 19th.

We’re currently in the planning stages for 2019’s festival and will be updating the website soon – check back for updates!

Nanaimo Heritage Festival Parade: The 60s – Peace, Love, and Revolution

Parade day is on Sunday May 20th, 2018 – starting at 1 pm sharp downtown Nanaimo at Victoria Crescent, the parade travels along Commercial street and makes it’s way down to Maffeo Sutton Park where it completes. To join the parade, enter your information in the parade form (below) or download the parade entry application.

Celebrating Nanaimo’s broad cultural heritage, the Nanaimo Heritage Festival 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.

This year’s theme is the 60s – Peace, Love, and Revolution.

Have you ever fancied dressing up as someone from the past? The Nanaimo Heritage Festival parade is your chance to show off a cool costume and reference the olden days – whatever that means to YOU.

You need not have deep roots in Nanaimo to enter the parade. The event is inclusive of all people, regardless of whether they’ve been here for 100 years or 100 days.

Though encouraged, the heritage theme isn’t mandatory for parade entrants and everyone who feels inclined to participate is welcome. If you have an idea but aren’t sure how to move it forward, please contact the parade coordinators via email or phone (see below).

Parade Applications

We are currently accepting parade applications – come join in the parade! Deadline for parade registrations is Friday May 11th at 6PM. Late registrations will be lined-up near the end of the parade route.

To join the parade, enter your information in the parade form (below) or download the parade entry application.

If you have questions or need some help (we can even come pick up your filled in application if you like) please don’t hesitate to contact Norm Smith at 250-756-1245, or email

Parade registrations can be submitted via the form below, by email to, or dropped off at the following locations:

Nanaimo North

Nanaimo Elements Spa
4551 Uplands Drive (off of Songbird Place)
Mondays and Saturdays 10AM – 5PM
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10AM – 8PM
Thursdays and Fridays 10AM – 6PM
(250) 585-8768

Nanaimo South

Flying Fish
180 Commercial Street
Monday – Thursday and Saturday 9AM – 6PM
Friday 9:30AM – 9PM
Sunday and most Holidays 11AM – 5PM
(250) 754-2104

Nanaimo Heritage Parade Entry Form

Terms and Conditions

I/We the primary person, organization, business, or officer, of the above noted entrant in the Nanaimo Heritage Festival Parade, certify that I/we have read and understand the attached Official Parade Rules and Requirements and that our entry will comply with them.

I/We accept full responsibility for the actions of the person(s) or group(s) involved with our entry in the parade. I/We release from any and all liability, and waive all claims against the City of Nanaimo, the Friends of Heritage Society, and their staff, members, associates, volunteers, or any official or third party acting on their behalf, resulting from any loss, damage, injury, or other expense resulting from our participation in the Parade due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence; and hold harmless and indemnify them from any and all liability for property or personal damage or injury to any third party caused by my/our participation in the Parade. This release shall be effective and binding on the heirs, next-of-kin, executors, administrators, and assigns in the event of the death of me/us or the participants representing me/us.

* Required

If you have any problems submitting this form, be sure to check that you have filled out all of the required information!