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Downtown Windsor To Light Up The Night For Family Day

Friday January 27th, 2023, 8:57am


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Downtown Windsor is planning a new way to celebrate Family Day.

On February 20th, Family Day, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association presents the Light Up the Night Family Dance Parade, a component of Winter Fest.

The inaugural Light Up the Night Family Dance Parade will be hosted and led by the intergalactic light stars of Martian Circus. It will bring together various community groups and artists to shed Light on the city core.

“(It’s) ushering in a new era of exuberant joy,” says Adam Marz5d of Martian Circus. “Windsor was chosen as the birthplace for a planet-wide celebration of light and family love.”.

We want the community to come show and share their inner Light by attending and wearing colourful and festive clothing as well as battery-operated lights and accessories,” says Marz5d. “And, of course, we hope to have everyone wearing big smiles too.”

Attendees and performers will congregate at the Pelissier Street Parking Garage in Downtown Windsor at 4:00pm for family-friendly activities, including face painting and a drum circle. The community is encouraged to bring their own hand drums and percussion. It will march and dance along the sidewalks of Downtown Windsor spreading joy and lighting up the night.

“Our hope for this out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind event is that everyone will come and leave feeling a sense of family and community,” says DWBIA Chair Brian Yeomans. “We’re thrilled to have such visionaries like Martian Circus exploring new events like this for the core.”

This is a free event for all ages, and the DWBIA is providing a limited number of battery-operated LED lights for use at the event.

Full event schedule:

  • 4:00 pm Warm up dance and face painting
  • 5:00 pm Drum circle
  • 5:30 pm Parade walk/dance begins
  • 6:30 pm Parade returns to Maiden Lane
  • 6:30 pm Cool Down Dance Circle
  • 7:00 pm Everyone parades home

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