Okanagan residents nonetheless celebrating Canada Day regardless of official cancellation – Okanagan


Canada Day in Kelowna is usually an enormous celebration that attracts hundreds to the downtown core with stay music, varied actions for youths and the grand celebration of fireworks.

Nonetheless, this yr, celebrations are cancelled because of COVID-19.

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“It’s undoubtedly going to have a distinct really feel downtown as we speak and this night, given the truth that Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled,” stated Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

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Basran says most residents have been understanding of the cancellation.

“I haven’t had a number of unfavourable suggestions relating to the choice that was made, I believe everyone acknowledges this can be a health-care concern,” Basran advised World Information on Wednesday.

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Basran says regardless that official celebrations are cancelled, he says folks ought to nonetheless discover their very own solution to rejoice.

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And many individuals had been seen doing simply that on Canada Day within the afternoon in downtown Kelowna.

“We’re heading right down to get some scooters, scoot round. Perhaps drink a couple of beers with the boys,” stated a younger man dressed head to toe in pink garb who didn’t give his title.

“COVID-19 received’t cease us from celebrating our nice nation,” he stated. 

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Final yr’s Miss Kelowna Girl of the Lake additionally made an look at Waterfront Park.

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She determined regardless that celebrations had been cancelled, she needed to run a dance class by donation.

“I’d wish to make the most of my ardour to present again to the heroes who’re preventing for us in the course of the pandemic,” stated Priyaali Kanti.

Kanti says all the cash collected from her dance class will probably be donated to Kelowna Basic Hospital.

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