The Dundas Cactus Festival parade is Ontario’s second largest parade and is the inaugural event that helps kick off the three-day festival occurring every third weekend in August.
This year’s parade takes place on Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 6:45 p.m. Every year crowds line the streets of downtown Dundas to watch as the various floats, bands, performers and local participants march by, providing a full evening of entertainment for the entire family.
This year’s theme is Throw Back Thursday; it’s that special memory you are reminded of when you hear a specific song or see an image.
First-timers and annual visitors alike should look for volunteers walking with the parade collecting “Toonies for Tunes.” Donations help to pay for the cost of the entertainment that makes the parade an annual success. Please give generously!
On Cactus Thursday, every August, the parade leaves the Dundas Driving Park at 6:45 p.m. sharp, making it's way toward King Street where it marches through the entire downtown core of Dundas, to the delight and excitement of the thousands of children and adults, alike, who wait for the parade that launches the annual Cactus Festival in the Valley Town.
The evening is full of free, fun, family entertainment. Buy some candy floss or a candy apple from the street cart and try out the carnival rides after the parade. Bring a lawn chair or find a spot to stand on the sidewalk. for the greatest show in town!
Following the greatest show in town and throughout the three-day festival, families can find a whole host of activities including musical entertainment on three stages, the Cactus Family Fun Zone which will feature Fortino’s 9th Baby Cactus contest, Cactus Red Carpet Meet and Greet, free inflatable interactives and the Cactus express to name a few. Other festival features include Robertson’s Midway and Art in the Alley featuring all forms of original art including paintings, sculpture, beadwork, jewelery, silk work, pottery, woodwork and metal work.
This three-day festival is recognized as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario and will welcome well over 100,000 visitors from Aug. 16- 18. Don’t miss out!