The Hyack Parade features lots of floats and marching bands in New Westminster in May. Family-friendly Hyack Festival activities follow at Tipperary Park.
Other events happening on the same weekend as the Hyack Festival most years include Ladner May Days, the West of Main Art Walk, BC Polish Festival in Port Coquitlam and White Rock Buskers & Comedy Fest.
To learn about other things to do in late May in the Lower Mainland, check out our May Calendar of Events. To learn about the Hyack Parade and Festival, continue reading.
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New West Hyack Festival and Parade
The Hyack Parade and Festival happens on the last Saturday of May each year. In 2024 the Hyack Parade and Festival takes place on Saturday, May 25th.
The Hyack Parade
The Hyack Parade is a large parade, and a great one! It features over 100 entries including floats and marching bands.
The parade starts at 11:00 am at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Sixth Street in the heart of New Westminster. From there it typically goes down Sixth Street to Queens Avenue (by the Armoury), along Queens, and then up First Street to Queens Park. From start to finish the parade lasts for up to two hours.
If you like parades, the Hyack Parade is a great one to see. It has a nice selection of entries from as far away as Washington State, and things move at an appropriate pace. The marching bands are exceptional, and the crowds along the street aren’t overwhelming (or at least they haven’t been when we’ve gone).
The Hyack Festival
Formerly called the Uptown Street Fest, the Hyack Festival takes place both during and after the Hyack Parade. The event runs from 11:00 am until about 4:00 pm at Tipperary Park (which is just down the street from City Hall and where the New West Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays in the summer).
The event features vendors, community booths and a small number of food trucks. There are also usually face-painting, games and craft activities for kids, as well as live music and entertainment.
LADNER MAY DAYS
Another great event happening on the last weekend in May is Ladner May Days in North Delta. It’s a community event that includes a parade, carnival rides, pancake breakfast, live entertainment and other fun activities. Admission to Ladner May Days is also free! In 2024 the event in Delta happens on the weekend of May 24th to 26th.
Schedule of Events
See below for the schedule of events for the 2024 Hyack Festival.
- 11:00 am – Hyack International Parade begins
- 11:00 am – Hyack Festival begins
- 1:00 pm – Hyack International Parade ends
- 4:00 pm – Hyack Festival ends
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most of your Hyack Festival experience.
TIP #1: With many Lower Mainland parades you have to arrive well in advance of the start time to find a good place to see from. Although the Hyack Parade attracts large crowds, it’s still not difficult to find a good spot (or at least that was the case when we last went).
TIP #2: After watching the parade consider heading down to the waterfront and going for a stroll. It’s a beautiful place for a walk on a sunny day. Queens Park is also nice to explore and a good spot for a picnic.
TIP #3: Another great community event on or around the same weekend is Ladner May Days which has carnival rides on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus a parade of its own on the Sunday.
Another event hosted by the same organization is the Farewell to Summer Fireworks Festival. It’s a free, family-friendly event that happens at the waterfront in New Westminster in late August.
For a list of other major events throughout the year in the Lower Mainland, click Festivals & Events.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s May and June Calendars of Events
- Free Events in May
- Activities for Children
- Vancouver on a Budget