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City Prepares for Victoria Day Celebrations

17-May-2012

Royal Visit will be a highlight

Saint John -Crews and staff from the City of Saint John have been assisting the Province of New Brunswick in preparing for a Victoria Day party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will participate in the celebrations beginning around 1 pm in front of Barbours General Store. They will then take a heritage walk down Prince William Street, attend a citizenship ceremony at the Old Post Office building and continue on to the Victoria Day party at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal hosted by the Province of New Brunswick.

The celebration will be family-oriented. From buskers to blues musicians, bouncy castles to jewellery makers, and potato chips to ploye, families will be able to taste, touch and tap their toes to the best of New Brunswick culture. Gates to the party will open at 1 pm.

Citizens are reminded that the following streets in the Uptown will begin closing to motor at noon and will remain closed until the Royal motorcade departs around 3 pm:
•    Entire length of Prince William Street
•    Entire length of Water Street
•    St. Patrick’s Street from Union Street to Water Street
•    King Street from Germain Street to Market Square
•    Chipman Hill (from Union Street to foot of King Street)
•    Entire area in front of City Hall
•    Side streets from Canterbury to Prince William

At the request of the Province, Saint John Transit is offering a free shuttle bus from the back parking lot of Harbour Station to the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal from 12:30 pm to 2 pm and from 3 pm to 5pm.

Motorists are also reminded that metered and pay and display areas on those streets that are not closed is free. Saint John Parking Commission lots are also free on Monday. Motorists will not be able to enter or exit the SJPC parking lot at the Coast Guard site from noon until after the motorcade leaves at around 3 pm.

City Market will be open from 9 am to 4 pm.

Crews from the Parks and Landscape Service are preparing baskets that will be hung around the uptown for Victoria Day and mulching areas in and around City Hall, Prince William Street, Princess Street and Water Street.

More information about the celebration and the visit is available at the Government of Canada website and at the Government of New Brunswick’s website.