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Grande Prairie celebrates Canada 150 this weekend

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Canada 150 celebrations are set to take place over two days this weekend. The kickoff to celebrations take place at Muskoseepi Park with food vendors, kid activities, entertainment and free BBQ by Oliver’s Funeral Home on Friday June 30th at 8:00 p.m. Pyro Musical Fireworks will be held at midnight in the park. The celebrations in the park are free to the public.

On July 1st, the Eastlink Centre will cost $1.50 to get in. There will also be a free pancake breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. at the facility. Live music and face painters will also start at the same time and go until noon. A 5K or 10K Canada Day Fun Run will start at 9:00 a.m. at $20 per person or $50 for families.

The fun continues at Muskoseepi Park in the afternoon of Canada Day. From 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Canada Day Carnival takes place just outside the Grande Prairie Museum. People can expect games and scavenger hunts. There is no parking available at the park during the day and people are encouraged to walk over. This event is free to the public.

The Canada Day parade is set to go from Hillside through downtown and end up in the Grande Prairie Regional College parking lot. To get the best view, people can find a spot to park a chair along 100th Avenue between 96th Street and 106th Street. The floats will also be travelling down 96th Street after leaving Hillside School. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m.

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The weather is shaping up to be nice for the beginning of the long weekend. Environment Canada is forecasting sunshine and highs of 26 degrees for Friday with lows of 12 degrees overnight. For Saturday, there is sun and highs of 25 degrees in the forecast.

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