Victoria Day festivities return to capital city for first time since 2019


For the first time since 2019, Victoria Day celebrations are back.

The May long weekend has a slate of events happening including stages, family activities and live music.

The Canadian Forces Skyhawks are scheduled to perform on Sunday near the B.C. Legislature from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The performance will have six formations from sky jumpers, including choreography.

“The candy cane is a crowd favourite,” Tyler Evens, with the Canadian Forces Skyhawks, said. “They’ve got some smoke canisters on that one that creates almost what looks like a candy cane in the sky.”

Monday will feature the Thrifty Foods 122nd Victoria Day Parade rolling down Douglas Street.

The parade will start at 9:00 a.m. at Mayfair Mall, ending at the Douglas and Humboldt Street intersection.

The Greater Victoria Festival Society said it will be a smaller parade this year with only 75 entries. Executive Director Kelly Kurta said the marching bands that traditionally travel to Victoria from the U.S.A. were not able to make it.

“Some of them disbanded, a lot of restrictions in their counties that the can’t travel and the cost, just the sheer cost,” Kurta said.

She added the parade will still feel big and fun as she expects hundreds of people in the crowd.

CHEK’s Stacy Ross, Joe Perkins, Ed Bain and Jeff King will be hosting the Thrifty Foods Victoria Day Parade and the event will be broadcasted live on CHEK and CHEK+ starting at 9:30 a.m.

It will also be linked to the CHEK Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

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