Sea­side Days open Fri­day

Old, new events will en­ter­tain fam­ily mem­bers

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE DO­MIN­ION smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Sea­side Daze cel­e­bra­tions will kick off Fri­day, fea­tur­ing a mix of new events and old favourites.

Cathy Gil­lis, a mem­ber of the Sea­side Daze com­mit­tee, said there’s al­ways great com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion but this year it seems to be bet­ter than ever.

“I think with the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion ( pro­ject), peo­ple are tak­ing pride in the com­mu­nity, more peo­ple are com­ing out,” said Gil­lis. The fes­ti­val runs un­til Aug. 2 Warm- up events Thurs­day in­clude a ceilidh at the Do­min­ion Hawks Club from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; A dress it up event at the Sham­rock Club, 7- 10 p. m.; and jack­pot karaoke at 10 p.m.

The fes­ti­val of­fi­cially kicks off Fri­day with the Sea­side Daze pa­rade. Peo­ple can register by tele­phon­ing the Sea­side Daze hot­line at 902- 842- 2973 or Cathy at 902-565-8278, or at the Do­min­ion rink park­ing lot Fri­day at 4:30 p.m. The pa­rade will be­gin at 6 p.m.

Gil­lis said there are lots of regis­tra­tions al­ready.

“It’s look­ing great, there’s lots of par­tic­i­pa­tion, peo­ple call­ing,” she said. “There are a few more in­di­vid­ual floats, fam­i­lies who are putting floats in.”

Sea­side Com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be hold­ing a food drive dur­ing the pa­rade and candy will be handed out to the chil­dren.

Gil­lis said they fo­cused a lot of the events on the chil­dren this year.

“The clos­ing kid­die day, the fire­men’s day, that’s go­ing to be re­ally big. We have the new lasertag and some dif­fer­ent games. We’re chang­ing the games up and get­ting some new stuff for the kids.”

Gil­lis said how­ever all the old favourites will be back in­clud­ing the teddy bear pic­nic at the Mar­cia Fi­olek Play­ground as well as three- on­three bas­ket­ball. There is also the kid’s idol at the fire hall, a teen dance, a scavenger hunt and a beach day party.

Gil­lis said the fes­ti­val cov­ers ev­ery age group in­clud­ing events such as the se­niors straw­berry fes­ti­val at the Do­min­ion fire hall from 1-3 p.m. on Mon­day.

The pub crawl is also a pop­u­lar event. Gil­lis said it’s the an­nual fundraiser which is how the fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers fund stu­dent work­ers and the fire­works.

“Ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion and club in the com­mu­nity put so much into the fes­ti­val.” For a full list of Sea­side Daze events visit the fes­ti­val web­site: http://www.seasidedaze.com.

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