On saturday, downtown Barrie streets will be filled with 1,000 troops marching to City Hall with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed to kick off the 100 Years of Freedom celebrations.
Once halted at City Hall a short ceremony will take place starting at 11 a.m., including the arrival of Vimy soil representing the DNA of fallen Canadian Soldiers at Vimy Ridge. Some of this symbolic soil will travel to Base Borden for the Memorial Wall Unveiling next Thursday, June 9; the remainder will be encased in the Barrie Cenotaph later this year.
This event will celebrate the continued trust and friendship between the community of Barrie and the members of the Canadian Armed Forces serving at CFB Borden.
The parade will form at the Queen’s Park Amouries (37 Parkside Drive), departing shortly after 10 a.m. and will arrive at City Hall at approximately 10:50 a.m. for the ceremony. The parade will follow Park Street to Toronto Street, continue along Dunlop Street West to Clapperton Street and end at 70 Collier Street. Motorist can expect delays as the parade makes its way through downtown.
• 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Collier Street from Owen Street to Mulcaster Street; Mulcaster Street from Collier Street to Worsley Street.
• 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Parkside Drive from Ross Street to Park Street; Park Street from Parkside Drive to Toronto Street
Farmers’ Market and Parking:
The Barrie Farmers’ Market will still be open during the event, but it will be moved to Mulcaster Street between Collier and Worsley. Parking is available in downtown parking lots and on-street spots within walking distance of City Hall. Visit barrie.ca/downtownparking for more information.
The Freedom of the City parade is the first of a series of events taking place over the next week to honour the 100th anniversary of Canadian Forces Base Borden. Other events taking place include a Memorial Wall unveiling at Base Borden on June 9 and the Canadian Armed Forces Day & Air Show on June 11 and 12. The City of Barrie website has been changed from the usual blue to red, to show support of Centennial.
For a full list of events and more information on CFB Borden Centennial celebrations, visit 100yearsoffreedom.ca.