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The 84th of Foot at Fort Anne National Historic Site in 2009. They return again for Natal Days in Annapolis Royal.
Lawrence Powell
The 84th of Foot at Fort Anne National Historic Site in 2009. They return again for Natal Days in Annapolis Royal. Lawrence Powell

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - Annapolis Royal is the place to be for the Natal Day long weekend this year.

With festivities kicking off on Aug. 2 and running until Aug. 6, there will be events and activities for all members of the family to enjoy at the 72nd annual event, themed, ‘diversity is our strength.’

Holly Sanford, chairwoman of the Natal Day Committee, says that the festival is not only the biggest in town, it’s also a great opportunity for people to come together and reunite.

“Natal Day weekend is our biggest festival in town and we couldn't be more excited,” says Sanford. “Friends and family come home during this weekend and it certainly has the feeling of togetherness, friendship, and just a great reunion.”

Activities on Aug. 2 include the National Historic District Tour beginning at 2 p.m. at the lighthouse. The largest national historic district in Canada, participants will take a journey through time through the first capital of Nova Scotia – and one of the most fought-over tracts of land in the colonization of North America.

Natal Days officially begin Aug. 3 at St. George Street, with the opening ceremonies starting at 7 p.m., followed by a street dance with music by The Lost Tourist and Focus, a variety of food vendors.

“The street dance on Friday night is a time for everyone to dance in the street, enjoy great food and socialize in the beer tent,” said Sanford.

The fun continues Aug. 4 for youth ages nine to 14 with Around Annapolis Royal in 60 Minutes beginning at 2 p.m. at the Amphitheatre. Teams of up to three participants will have 60 minutes to complete a scavenger hunt-like activity, using picture hints to collect 10 codes hidden in different locations around town. To register, contact Joe at 902-532-3145.

On Aug. 5, look forward to the Freedom of the Town Ceremony, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, which will take place at 6 p.m. near the town hall. That night, the annual firework presentation will take place at the Annapolis Royal Warf, beginning at 10 p.m.

On Aug. 6, the annual Natal Day Grande Street Parade will take place from 11-2 p.m. on St. George Street and will include fire trucks, marching bands, a variety of music and floats, and much more.

Learn more at https://annapolisroyal.com/visitors/annapolis-district-natal-days/

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