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Gold Cup Parade in Canada

Quick Facts

The Gold Cup Parade is Atlantic Canada’s largest parade and the largest parade east of Montreal. It is held annually in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada on the third Friday of August.

Local names

NameLanguage
Gold Cup ParadeEnglish
Défilé de la Coupe d'orFrench
Gold Cup ParadeGerman

Gold Cup Parade 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gold Cup Parade 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Gold Cup Parade is a feature event for Old Home Week, which celebrates the joys of the summer season in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada.

The parade occurs on the third Friday of August and attracts about 65,000 people from across Canada and the United States.

Gold Cup Parade

The Gold Cup Parade is a feature event for Old Home Week in Prince Edward Island, Canada

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What do People Do?

Many people travel to Charlottetown, PEI, from across Canada and from the United States to attend the parade and experience the activities during Old Home Week.  The event has a different theme each year.

The parade consists of marching bands from the Maritimes, Quebec and sometimes the United States.  There are more than 50 floats, giant helium-filled character balloons and many horse, car, and clown entries. Many businesses, communities and organizations enter floats of every size, shape, and complexity in the parade that is later awarded on different criteria, such as the most humorous float and the best overall float.

Public Life

The Gold Cup Parade is on the third Friday of August in the province of Prince Edward Island. Many employers grant their staff time off to enjoy the parade. Partial road closures may occur on the parade route in Charlottetown during the event.

 Background

The first Gold Cup Parade was held in 1962 and was founded by Frank Acorn and Bill Hancox to revive the appeal of Old Home Week in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It has become an annual event since then. The parade focuses its attention on PEI’s harness racing industry.

The first Gold Cup Parade organization consisted of a close group of businessmen who assisted the Charlottetown Driving Park to organize the annual parade. As the parade’s reputation grew, the group became a non-profit company in 1986. It was named The Charlottetown Parade Committee Inc. and now owns the name “The Gold Cup Parade”. The organization consists of a board of 15 volunteers as well as an executive board that meets year-round to plan the parade. The parade’s 50th anniversary was marked for August 20, 2010.

Gold Cup Parade Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
FriAug 171990Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 161991Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 211992Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 201993Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 191994Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 181995Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 161996Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 151997Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 211998Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 201999Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 182000Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 172001Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 162002Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 152003Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 202004Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 192005Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 182006Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 172007Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 152008Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 212009Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 202010Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 192011Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 172012Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 162013Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 152014Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 212015Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 192016Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 182017Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 172018Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 162019Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I
FriAug 212020Gold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPr.Edward I

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