The Hyack Parade features lots of floats and marching bands in New Westminster in May. Family-friendly Hyack Festival activities follow at Tipperary Park.
In 2022 the New Westminster events happen on Saturday, May 28th. Other events taking place on the same weekend include Ladner May Days, the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the Safe and Sound Music Festival, the BC Polish Festival and the West of Main Art Walk.
Hyack Parade and Festival
The Hyack Parade and Festival happen on the last Saturday of May each year. In 2020 they were going to take place on Saturday, May 23rd. They got cancelled though because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2021 the parade happened as a drive-thru event on Saturday, May 29th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at New Westminster Secondary School. The 2022 parade and festivities are happening as in-person events on Saturday, May 28th, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
LADNER MAY DAYS
Another great event happening on the last weekend in May in 2022 is Ladner May Days! 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!
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 usually starts at 11:00 am at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Sixth Street in the heart of New Westminster. From there it 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 about an hour and fifteen minutes. (Note: The exact route for 2022 is to be confirmed.)
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. Celebrating its sixth year in 2019, the event ran from 11 am until about 5 pm along the one block of Belmont Street which is between Sixth Street and Seventh near the New Westminster Public Library. In 2022 Uptown Street Fest has a new name and a new location.
Now simply called the Hyack Festival, the post-parade activities happen 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 typically features vendors, community booths and a small number of food trucks. There are also face-painting, games and craft activities for kids, as well as live music and a cakewalk.
UPTOWN LIVE IS ON JULY 16TH IN 2022!
One of the best events in New Westminster, especially if you like live music, is Uptown Live. It’s a free event on Saturday, July 16th, from 12:00 to 9:00 pm. To learn more visit the event’s official website at uptownlive.ca.
Schedule of Events
See below for the schedule of events for the 2019 Hyack Festival. 2022 details will likely be similar.
- 10:35 am – Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team
- 11:00 am – Hyack International Parade
- 12:00 pm – Uptown Street Fest
- 2:00 pm – Seymour Artillery Firing at City Hall
- 2:00 pm – two hours of music with NOVA SOL
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out 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.
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