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PNE Parade in English Bay

Friday, August 13th, 2010 — 1:10pm PDT
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The 100th Anniversary PNE Parade will stroll through English Bay August 20th.

Starting from Stanley Park and making its way to Sunset Beach, the parade will celebrate the grand opening of the PNE’s 100th year which will take place the following morning.

The procession will feature giant balloons (think Macy’s Thanksgiving parade) and more than 2000 performers, paying tribute to 10 decades of fair history.

1935 – Archives item# CVA 99 – 3160. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

The PNE started out as the Industrial Exhibition then changed to the Canadian Pacific Exhibition and eventually the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Playland came along a few years later and was first called “Happyland”.

1935 – Archives item# CVA 99 – 3158. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1935 – Archives item# CVA 99 – 3157. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1939 – Archives item# CVA 99-2986. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1939 – Archives item# CVA 99-2979. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

The 100th Anniversary PNE Parade is of course free to watch and will run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday August 20th.

Follow @PNE_Playland on Twitter for news and updates throughout the season.

Update August 20, 2010: Translink confirmed in a tweet that the C-21 community shuttle will be re-routed tonight from 6:00pm until 9:00pm to get around the parade.

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  1. Ekaterina says:

    Interesting to see old pics of Vancouver. Thank you!

  2. Tyler says:

    What a weird time to have a parade!

    I saw them escort a couple floats and a monster truck (the that you can pay to sit on during the PNE) come down beach ave this morning.

    As for the balloons, I dont think they will be Macy’s Day Parade big, (though it would be cool if they were) because of all the street lamps that would have to be dodged so their guy wires/cables/ropes don’t get caught. Let along the size of the trees along the road too!

    Either way, I’m sure Robyn and I will be down watching it as it’s only a block from our place.

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    Tyler: I’m not making it down that way, so make sure you take plenty of pics so we can live vicariously through you.

  4. fotoeins says:

    This brings back lots of memories, two decades of them, of the annual PNE parade which used to end (still?) at E. Hastings & Clark, which meant we would see the very end of the parade with all those floats down E. Hastings. We sat on the street-curb with our folks, and we used to dream about making those floats, and how cool, we thought, about what it would be like to march through downtown …


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