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Unionville Festival to kick off with parade

The Unionville Festival, a cherished tradition steeped in history, returns the first weekend of June.

The two-day event kicks off with its signature parade and opening ceremony with the Town Crier. The festival will also feature live musical performances by local talent, food offerings, a rubber duck race, a chance to try your hand at pickleball and more.

The parade takes place Saturday, June 1 from 10 to 10:40 a.m. on Main Street, followed by the opening ceremony at Millennium Bandstand at 11 a.m. That day’s highlights include inflatables, family fun and pickleball at Crosby Arena and the Unionville Food and Shopping District, all from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also, that day, enjoy Ultimutts, dog and cat entertainment at Crosby Field at 12, 2 and 4:30 p.m.; music along Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and a rubber duck race at Toogood Pond Stream at 3:30 p.m. Visit the Millennium Bandstand for cultural performances and the Tone Dogs from 12 to 5 p.m. Rice & Mango, awarded Canada’s Tropical Band and Toronto’s Top Latino Band, performs at the bandstand from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 2, the festival continues with the Unionville Food & Shopping District from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. SuperDogs perform at Crosby Field at 12, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Take in inflatables, family fun and pickleball at Crosby Arena from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; performances at the Millennium Bandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and music along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be Kidz Crafting Zones at Crosby Field and chill zones that day.

Festival organizers encourage visitors to take their own water bottles. A water tank truck will be parked on Main Street so you can refill them. Last year’s event drew 30,000 visitors and this year’s edition is expected to attract 35,000 people. The Unionville Festival is a non-profit event and all proceeds will go towards supporting local community initiatives.

There will be road closures both days to ensure the safety of festival goers. The festival is made possible thanks to the support of local businesses, volunteers and residents. Visit Unionville.ca/Unionville-festival to learn more.

Photos courtesy of the Unionville Business Improvement Area.

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