Nanaimo Heritage Days Parade

Parade day is on Sunday May 21st, 2017 – 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.

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.

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

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.

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 12th at 6PM. Late registrations will be lined-up at the end of the parade route.

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 one of our Parade Coordinatators – Amanda Orum at 778-971-6610 or Norm Smith at 250-756-1245, or email

Parade registrations can be submitted 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