Bluenose, great weather make for memorable Regatta

By Helen Murphy    

CANSO – A spirited parade, fabulous fireworks and special visit by the Bluenose II made Canso Regatta 2016 one to remember.

The annual summer festival has been run by the Eastern Communities Youth Association (ECYA) for the past 15 years. General Manager Marie Lumsden has held the reins for the past seven years. In an interview with The Journal on Tuesday, she said the Bluenose reported more than 1000 visitors in eight hours, for a very successful day at the dock.

“The fireworks display was awesome,” said Lumsden. “But my personal favourite is the street parade.” It’s a special parade, she explained, because it’s not a corporate event. “There are still lots of familiars and smaller groups of people who do a lot of work on floats. I think the community really appreciates that.”

The award for the most humorous float went to the ECYA for Fisherman and his Wife. The overall float winner was Alice in Wonderland by Janna MacKenzie and family. And the best non-float entry was Peter Pan by Gail Bond. The best children’s entry went to Alisa Rhynold and daughter Brooke.

Changes are in store for the Regatta over the coming year. ECYA has put out the call for more people and organizations to help run the event. A couple of meetings have been held and Lumsden has volunteered to chair the new committee.

The idea is for people to be part of a committee as representatives of various community organizations. “We would like to form a really strong core group and then bring in other volunteers as needed,” said Lumsden.

A number of groups are already very involved in the Regatta, such as Lions Club with the Seamen’s Memorial and boat parade. ECYA is expected to continue to work on the Regatta’s youth events.