120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade and Celebration Square

Celebrate Victoria Day at the 120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade and Celebration Square! Join us on Monday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - noon for Victoria’s largest parade, which features talented Canadian and American marching bands, colour guards, drill teams, community and commercial floats, multicultural organizations and many local businesses! Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is FREE and fun for the whole family!

The parade route runs along Douglas Street from Finlayson to Humboldt Streets. Learn more.

Organized by the Greater Victoria Festival Society, this year’s theme is “Blast from the Past: Celebrating the 50/60/70/80s” so come dressed up in your fave retro outfit.

Celebration Square
Be sure to visit Celebration Square on Monday, May 21 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Centennial Square for some family fun! Enjoy children's entertainers, crafts, bouncy castles, face painting, a climbing wall and grab a bit to eat food trucks.  

The Esquimalt Lions Club will serve breakfast at 8 a.m. before the parade starts. All proceeds will go to the BC Children’s Cancer Fund.

Check out the Celebration Square Event Schedule.

Road Closures
Douglas Street from Tolmie to Belleville Streets will be closed to all vehicle traffic during the parade.

The main intersections located near the start of the parade will close to traffic at 7 a.m. These intersections will include:

  • Burnside at Douglas
  • Finlayson at Burnside
  • Finlayson at Blanshard
  • (Douglas Street from Burnside to Humboldt will be closed at 8 a.m.)

Band Performances on Legislature Lawn
Bands will be performing throughout the weekend at the Parliament Buildings on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. -  7 p.m. The Parade of Bands and DRUM Battle is Sunday, May 20 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. View the Band Schedule.

Parking
Parking will be free at the City's five parkades and at on-street meters on Sunday and Monday for Victoria Day. Note: on-street parking will not be available along the parade route.Learn more about parking downtown

Happy Victoria Day!