105th An­nual Hat­ley Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Hat­ley

On Mon­day, July 1st, the 105th Hat­ley Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion will take place on the Com­mon of the beau­ti­ful vil­lage of Hat­ley, rain or shine. The theme for this year’s event is “Canada: Land of Sur­prises”. Once again, mem­bers of the Hat­ley Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion have a full day of their tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties lined up, be­gin­ning around 9:00 in the morn­ing with the ar­ti­san sale or­ga­nized for decades now by Jean Cass. Town­ships crafts­peo­ple will be sell­ing jewelry, hand­made soaps, knit and wo­ven goods, an­tiques and col­lectibles and more.

The pa­rade com­mit­tee mem­bers, who ev­ery year take on the chal­lenge of co­or­di­nat­ing the Canada Day Pa­rade, which be­gins at 11:00 am, would like the pa­rade par­tic­i­pants to ar­rive in Hat­ley be­fore 10:00 am. Lin­ing up all the par­tic­i­pants – the floats and horses vy­ing for the thou­sands of dollars in prize money, along with the pa­rade’s spe­cial guests such as mem­bers of the Black Watch, the Shriners in their tiny cars, lo­cal Vet­er­ans, po­lice of­fi­cers and more - is a lot eas­ier if it’s not done in a hurry! May­ors from ad­join­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and lo­cal politi­cians will also ride in the pa­rade.

A sword dance will fol- low the of­fi­cial wel­come with mayor Denis Fer­land, of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley, which has gen­er­ously in­creased its fi­nan­cial sup­port of this free event this year. Lo­cal politi­cians and dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing the Com­mis­sioner of Of­fi­cial Lan­guages, Gra­ham Fraser, will also speak dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

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