Tea Party ready for guests
The 46th annual Oak Bay Tea Party is scheduled for this weekend with the parade through the municipality kicking off the event Saturday morning.
The parade begins at Windsor Park at 10:30 a.m. and marches through Oak Bay Village before winding its way, 45 minutes later to its conclusion at Willows Beach Park. Madhatter’s Fun Run races along the parade route before the main event, leaving Windsor Park at 10:15 a.m.
The Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Willows Beach from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
There will also be corn on the cob, baron of beef, popcorn, candy floss, and a Tetley tea tent in the park where Shooting Star Amusements will offer midway rides from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday’s entertainment in the park includes the Vic High R&B Band, Oak Bay High bands, Glenlyon Norfolk School jazz band and vocal jazz, Harris Gilmore & the Mojos, and Soul Shakers with Joyce Allenson.
Magician Paul Kilshaw will perform, and there is a ladies nail driving competition at 4:45 p.m.
Bastion Jazz Band performs Sunday, and Rick Hansen and Wheels in Motion are on Beach Drive Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Tania Miller conducts the Victoria Symphony in honour of the province’s 150th anniversary.
Earlier Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. teams from Nanaimo, Vancouver, Surrey, and Abbotsford join local competitors in the annual Bathtub Race. This year’s Floating Tea Cup Challenge pits Oak Bay Mayor Chris Causton against B.C. Ferries president David Hahn. The air show over Willows Beach begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with skydivers landing on the beach, military aircraft, aerobatics aircraft, aerobatics aircraft, a sea rescue demonstration, and a coast guard helicopter display.
For more information, visit www.oakbayteaparty.com.