The Hyack Parade is a community event that takes place in New Westminster in late May. On the same day there is the Uptown Street Fest on Belmont Street.
Hyack Parade and Uptown Street Fest
The Hyack Parade and Uptown Street Fest 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 event will hopefully happen on May 29th (but with exact details to be confirmed).
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 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.
If you like parades, the Hyack Parade is a good 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.
The Uptown Street Fest
The Uptown Street Fest 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.
The event typically features vendors, community booths and a small number of food trucks. It’s not a big event, but still a nice addition to the Hyack Parade and something to check out after the day’s main event.
Schedule of Events
See below for the schedule of events for the 2019 Hyack Festival. 2021 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: If going to the Uptown Street Fest, unless you want to avoid the crowds, plan to go between noon and around 4:30 pm. It’ll be pretty quiet until the parade finishes, with some vendors still setting up after 11 am.
TIP #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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