On June 23, Fort Erie will celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812 with the largest Bicentennial celebration in North America! The streets will be filled with thousands of people, on the ground known as Canada's bloodiest battlefield as they celebrate the war that marks Canada's first steps towards nationhood.
Throughout history, when soldiers returned home from war, they were honoured with a Grande Parade, a tradition that was never extended to the soldiers who battled and lost their lives in the War of 1812. Two hundred years later, Fort Erie is going to pay tribute to these soldiers with the Largest Grande Parade in North America.
Join 97.7 HTZ-FM in the Grande Parade, including over 50 military and non-military marching bands from around the world, including Great Britain's Band of the Prince of Wale's Division, The US Parris Island Marine Band, and Canada's own Central Band of the Canadian Forces. Amongst many others, the parade will also have a massed band of over 200 pipers and drummers, one for every year of peace that has existed between Canada and the United States. In addition, over 1000 war of 1812 reenactors, floats, and displays from area school, service clubs, and businesses will also be a part of this spectacular event.
Parade Time: 2pm
Parade Route: The corner of Gilmore Rd and Central Ave. The procession will march down Gilmore, turning right at the Niagara Blvd, continuing on passed the reviewing stands located at Mather's Arch, and will end at Old Fort Erie.
Following the Parade:
The celebration will continue at Old Fort Erie after the parade, with a Military Tattoo beginning at 7:30 pm. 6-8 of the top bands from the Parade will participate in a traditional military tattoo, and entertain the spectators. At 10:00 pm, the tattoo will end with a fireworks display designed to replicate the battle fought on the same grounds 200 years earlier. 200 years of Canadian History will unfold before your very eyes, as we pay tribute to the soldiers of the War of 1812 with a Bicentennial celebration you will never forget!
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