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May 20, 2010 17:41 ET

To Celebrate the Official Opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature, Momentum Strategic and Creative of Ottawa, is Proud to Announce: The Official Roll out of Ottawa's FINEST PARADE!

In celebration of International Biodiversity Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Museum!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - The OPENING CEREMONIAL PARADE will march down Metcalfe Street from Lisgar Street to the front entrance of the Museum on McLeod Street beginning at 9:30 AM, Saturday May 22, 2010.

The Museum Parade was created to mark the importance of the Victoria Memorial Museum Building and to rejoice in all that nature has to offer. The parade participants come as far as New York State, featuring Annie Hickman's Nature Bug Creatures, to 13 different national dance and cultural dress dancers and performers. Amongst the "people parade" are some of the Nation's Capital finest marching bands – the ever popular Governor General's Foot Guards, the Armed Forces Central Band and the RCMP's Pipe band.

The parade will be led by none other than Ottawa's Daniel Richer, award winning Town Crier and the Duke and Lady Connaught, in a horse drawn carriage, the first Governor General who officially opened the museum 100 years ago.

Other marching celebrities include past Prime Ministers Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir Robert Borden. The Alliance of Canadian Natural Museum's will be featured as well – as many as 15 different representatives from across Canada. Children, actors, performers and dancers will add fun and pizzazz to the event.

Providing colour commentary for this event will be the Town Crier, once he arrives at the Museum front entrance at the intersection of McLeod and Metcalfe streets where the official opening ceremonies begin. There will be more music and fun while the official ribbon cutting ceremony takes place with Chair of the Board and President of the Museum make their official announcements. The museum will officially open at 12 noon and will be free of charge for the remaining of the day. The entire Victoria Holiday Weekend includes musicians, actors, performers, face painters and lantern workshops for the whole family to enjoy.

Contact Information

  • Suzanne Valiquet
    Event Organizer
    613-222-7839