This year’s live television broadcast is being expanded to viewers in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Gold Cup Parade, the largest parade east of Montreal, is set to take centre stage through the streets of Charlottetown on Friday.
This year’s parade will feature a large entry from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The entry will feature the RCMP band with more than 60 members from Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
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“We felt that this year more than ever we wanted to ensure that there was a large RCMP presence in the parade to show how much our province appreciates the work that they do,” says Ray Murphy, parade committee chairman.
“We encourage the spectators along the parade route to clap and cheer for the members as they pass by.”
The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Friday on North River Road.
For those who cannot attend the parade in person, Eastlink TV will broadcast the parade live throughout Atlantic Canada.
Matt Beardsley, Marlene MacDonald and The Guardian’s own Wayne Thibodeau will host this year’s live broadcast.
The parade broadcast begins at 10:30 a.m., just as the parade reaches the capital city’s downtown, on Channel 10 and High Defination Channel 610.
“This is our 10th year of providing television coverage of the Gold Cup Parade to Eastlink TV viewers in the Maritimes, and it is great that this time we are able to extend our high definition telecast to viewers in Newfoundland,” said Bruce MacLean, regional manager for Eastlink TV in Prince Edward Island.
“Everyone loves a parade, and this one is among the best.”
The parade will be rebroadcast Saturday, Aug. 16 and again Saturday Aug. 23 both at 2 p.m.
The theme of this year’s parade is Celebrating 150 Years of the 1864 Conference and the parade marshals are the Fathers of Confederation.
This year will also feature one of Canada’s most reputable marching bands, the Burlington Teen Tour Band.
Since the band was established in 1947, it has toured around the world and performed at the 40th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day in France and England, at the Orange Bowl in Florida and at the 1992 World Series at the Toronto Skydome.
Last year in Ireland it won the Best Youth Band Award at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, competing against 16 other bands from across the world.
Following the parade spectators are encouraged to stop by the Old Home Week grounds for a free live show with Dora the Explorer and her best pal Boots beginning at 2 p.m.
JUST THE FACTS
-- Each year, more than 60,000 people line the streets of Charlottetown for the Gold Cup Parade.
-- Thousands more watch the parade throughout Atlantic Canada live on Eastlink TV.
-- The Guardian will captured all the colour from the Gold Cup Parade online and in print. Go to www.theguardian.pe.ca for video highlights and a slideshow from the parade. Full coverage will also be published in the print and e-editions of The Guardian on Saturday.