Who’d a thunk it? A few dozen early pioneers got together in the winter of 2007 to create some snowy silliness in February and the Snow King’s MasqueParade was born. And every year since, hundreds of folks both young and old come together to create a fantastic night of revelry to welcome Snow King & Lady Spring back to the valley. As dusk falls on Saturday February 18, more than 1,000 people will gather from all over to enjoy our 11th anniversary spectacle.
It may be Canada’s 150th year but, all the wild and silly creatures of our mountain home have been here in the valley – duh! – since forever! So, this year our theme is 150 EH? and we’ve created a Playlist of iconic Canadian songs from the last seven decades to use as our soundtrack for all the pageantry.
The dream of our MasqueParade has always hearkened back to a time when neighbours came together to make their own entertainment. We put away our screens, put our imaginations in gear, raise up our hands – and with a fair amount of glue and perspiration -make up some fantastic fun.
We invite you to inhabit your imagination for the next few weeks and join your creative silliness with all the other wild & silly creatures of the valley to put together our own Golden spin on Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Yes there will be fire and fireworks!
Together we make low tech magic!
MasqueParade Saturday Feb. 18 – gather in Spirit Square before 7pm
Here’s how to join in: Over a period of weeks in January and February local artists will help both young and old to create the Pageant by making large puppets, lanterns, costumes, fire spinning, stilt walking, and fantastic pageantry. Our Snow King’s Play House is our club house for percolating ideas and bringing them to life.
Drop in by yourself, come as an extended family, or get together as a group of friends who want to do something. If you’re not sure what to do, it’s OK. Get in touch and we can help you!
Here’s all you need to do: email firstname.lastname@example.org to get info and tell us you’re interested. Like us on Facebook @ “Snow King’s MasqueParade”. Or call the KHC office at 250 344-6186 and tell us you want to get involved!
All are welcome – it’s free – and there’s nothing to be afraid of!