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National Child Day parades planned for P.E.I. on Nov. 20

The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel will host this year's Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference. The event is set for May 10 to 13.
The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel will be the starting point for the National Child Day parade on Nov. 20, 2018. - SaltWire Network

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - On Tuesday, Nov. 20, communities across P.E.I. will recognize National Child Day by hosting parades.

National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centered on children's rights: The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted on Nov. 20, 1959; and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted on Nov. 20, 1989.

To celebrate the day, a National Child Day Parade is organized each year in collaboration with the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture and the Early Childhood Development Association.

Last year, over 600 children marched in support of the UN Rights of the Child.

The Charlottetown parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, the Summerside parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Causeway Bay Hotel, and the Tignish parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Simon/St. Jude parking lot.

Everyone is invited to line the streets and cheer for the children as they parade in celebration.

Parade participants should arrive at the starting points by 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the three parades, there will also be one for the first time at the Bloomfield Mall, beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 20, which was organized by Kati Melville as a way to recognize the day.

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