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Celebration Planned to Open Peace Bridge
March 16, 2012 01:53 PM Categories: Transportation
Calgarians are invited to join a community celebration to mark the opening of the Peace Bridge.
Food, fun, and fantastic entertainment are on the agenda when the bridge opens to the public Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
The pathway and parkland at the south end of the bridge will be the site of a community party complete with live bands, roving entertainment, food trucks, information displays and local celebrities.
The party will kick off with a First Nations Elder blessing of the bridge. Stilt walkers will lead a parade of pedestrians, cyclists and special guests across the bridge to officially mark the opening.
The afternoon will see entertainment by local poet Kirk Ramdath, performances by local bands Robot Workers, Locomotive Ghost, Nix Dicksons and Spencer Jo & the Mandrills, cultural dance groups and hip-hop crews The Original Rudes and Grim Reminder on a stage on the south bank of the river. The unique travelling DJ vehicle, The Bass Bus, will be on-site offering tours and music. Food trucks will be set up along the pathway system on the south side of the bridge and local groups will be providing roving entertain. There will be a number of information booths on the south promenade to promote upcoming events planned for the area.
“This bridge is a great asset and will be heavily used by people in our inner city communities and by thousands of people living and working in the downtown core,”
said local business owner David Winkler, who is helping organize the celebration and will have his Big Bike tricycle truck filled with coffee.
Brentwood resident Cheri Macaulay, who is also helping with the celebration, is encouraging Calgarians to take part.
"There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the opening of this wonderful piece of infrastructure,” said Macaulay. “It will connect people and communities and I can't wait to see people walking and biking across it every day."
The celebration is being organized by the community with assistance from The City of Calgary.
Information on the opening event, site access and available parking will be on www.calgary.ca/peacebridge starting Monday.
Pedestrians and cyclists approaching the party from the north side of the river should note access to the Peace Bridge is restricted until 2 p.m. due to a marathon occurring along the north pathway.
A media availability with community representatives will be held at the south end of the bridge at approximately 2:30 p.m.
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