VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s going to be packed in and around downtown Vancouver this long weekend as two of the city’s biggest events take centre stage.
Close to half a million people are expected to descend around English Bay to take in Celebration of Light on Saturday while over 650,000 people will pack the West End for the Pride Parade on Sunday.
It’s the last night for this year’s Celebration of Light — which has been going on for 29 years now — with Team Croatia putting on what’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night starting at 10 pm. Team India kicked things off last Saturday, and Team Canada lit up the sky on Wednesday.
Leading up to the event, Beach Avenue from Pacific Street to Davie Street will see periodic traffic control as the event gets set up from 10 am to 7 pm. From 7 pm to 12 am, Davie Street from Denman Street to Burrard Street, Denman Street from Alberni Street to Beach Avenue and Beach/Pacific from Stanley Park to Thurlow Street will be closed. Bus #5, #6, and #23 will be rerouting west of Burrard.
City crews will be quick to clean up as 12 hours after Celebration of Light a week of pride events culminate with Vancouver’s 41st Pride Parade. Over 150 floats, dancers, marching groups, and performances will walk the streets at noon on Sunday as hundreds of thousands look on to celebrate LGBTQ inclusivity and diversity.
From 7 am to 3:30 pm on Sunday, Thurlow Street from West Georgia Street to Nelson Street, Alberni Street from Bute Street to Burrard Street, Robson Street from Denman Street to Burrard Street, Denman Street from West Georgia Street to Beach Avenue, and Beach/Pacific from Denman Street to Thurlow will be closed.
It’s a weekend you’ll want to ditch the car and walk, bike, or transit if heading into downtown Vancouver.
You’ll also want to pack some sunscreen (and maybe some patience) as a wet Friday turns into a sunny and dry weekend. It’ll be mainly sunny on Saturday with a high of 25 and Sunday gets even better with a sunny sky and high of 27.
Sunny, warm temperatures out of town
If you’re heading out of the Lower Mainland for the long weekend, you’ll also be getting from solid weather for this BC Day long weekend.
In Whistler, NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says while scattered showers and thundershowers are lingering, the trend is toward drier conditions.
“You can dress down and stay hydrated if you’re heading for Whistler Saturday, Sunday, or Monday,” says Lacate. “It’ll be sunnier skies for three in a row.”
While the Island got the brunt of Thursday’s torrential rain, it’s beginning to dry out in time for the weekend.
“All of your Vancouver Island destinations feature some sun for the next three in a row,” says Lacate. “It’ll be a comfortable long weekend pattern featuring temperatures in the mid 20’s.”
As usual, the Okanagan is set the see some of the warmest and sunniest weather.
“Unlike the coast, showers have largely bypassed the BC Southern Interior of late, and this weekend will be no exception,” adds Lacate. “Sunshine dominates your Okanagan BC Day holiday weekend forecast with temperatures climbing into the low 30’s for the next few afternoons.”
And if you’re heading stateside, Lacate says it’s shaping up to be a scorcher in and around Seattle.
“Cross border shoppers will be greeted by a rapid drying trend today followed by temperatures soaring to near 30 in the sunshine this long weekend,” says Lacate “That’ll last right through the holiday Monday.”
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