Party like a princess

Bay Days fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with va­ri­ety of events in­clud­ing a royal tea and a duck race

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Any­one wish­ing to get into the sum­mer­time fes­tive mood, might want to drop by Bay Days to­day.

Char­lotte Shaw, a mem­ber of the Bay Days sum­mer fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, said the many events sched­uled in­clude a royal tea at Renwick Brook Park, to­day from 1-3 p.m.

“I have about 20 princesses reg­is­tered,” Shaw said. “Ev­ery­thing is free, there’s no charge for any­thing. It will be a great event, all spon­sored by Mag­no­lia Spa”

Chil­dren can also register at the park to­day be­tween 12:1512:45 p.m.

Chil­dren can come decked out in princess cos­tumes. Shaw said the ‘princesses’ will be served white or cho­co­late milk and princess cup­cakes.

“We will have a tech­ni­cian there from 1-3 p.m. do­ing man­i­cures with all our lit­tle princesses.”

Princess Elsa will be on hand as well as April McKin­non from the Glace Bay Li­brary, who will read a princess story.

There will be prizes for the top three cos­tumes. How­ever no one will be leav­ing empty handed. The chil­dren will be dec­o­rat­ing their own craft bags.

“They will bring their bags over to my two lit­tle helpers who will fill their loot bags with all kinds of treats.”

There will also be a su­per­hero party go­ing on at My Se­cret Iden­tity on Com­mer­cial Street, at the same time as the royal tea.

Other res­i­dents might want to check out the new flock of ducks at the brook.

The pop­u­lar duck race will be­gin at 3 p.m. Tick­ets will be avail­able un­til the start of the race.

“Tick­ets are $5 a quack,” said Brian Shaw, chair of Bay Days.

On Sun­day, Bay Days will con­tinue with an old-fash­ion day of fun at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park from 12-3 p.m.

“There will be the old car­ni­val games you use to play as a kid, like the wa­ter pis­tol duck race game,” he said. “There will be cot­ton candy and pop­corn — ev­ery­thing all day will be free for the kids.”

Shaw said there will be a magic show, palm read­ing, pony rides and an au­then­tic mechan- ical bull.

“The car­ni­val is a brand new event for us — Queen El­iz­a­beth Park is a hid­den gem — there will be fun for the whole fam­ily,” said Shaw. “We en­cour­age the kids to take their dad and mom down to try the me­chan­i­cal bull.”

The grand fi­nale to Bay Days will be the pa­rade of sail at Glace Bay har­bour,

“It’s ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent what the fish­er­men do,” he said. “It will be topped off by the largest fire­works dis­play Cape Bre­ton will see this sum­mer.”

Brochures de­tail­ing all the Bay Days events to­day and Sun­day are avail­able at most busi­nesses through­out the com­mu­nity or visit their Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/pages/Bay-Days-Sum­mer­Fes­ti­val/227592600673656?fref=ts.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/JOAN MCNEIL

Work­ers and vol­un­teers from the Glace Bay Her­itage Mu­seum Old Town Hall stand on a multi-cul­tural float dur­ing the Bay Days sum­mer fes­ti­val pa­rade. From left, Grant MacNeil, vol­un­teer, Makayla Roberts, sum­mer stu­dent, Bitu Chaturvedi, vol­un­teer, Yuan Yuyuan, vol­un­teer, and Andy Huang, sum­mer stu­dent. The pa­rade was a suc­cess with a large num­ber of floats and spec­ta­tors in at­ten­dance.

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