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City of Windsor Birthday Celebration

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Each year, we celebrate the City of Windsor's birthday with a Mayor's Walk along the riverfront and a birthday party. This is an opportunity to join in some free family fun and celebrate Windsor alongside citizens from all across the city.

Windsor's 125th Birthday Celebration in 2017

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 and Saturday, May 20, 2017
 
Our birthday party in 2017 commemorates the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Windsor (April 14, 1892) through a vibrant festival of visual arts; music; performance; dance; historical interpretation and storytelling; literary arts; food; and more, in and around Downtown Windsor. The event includes evening activities on both Friday and Saturday in Downtown Windsor; the Annual Mayor’s Walk along the waterfront; the ceremony for the Raising of the Great Canadian Flag at the foot of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive; a First Nations presentation; a reading of the City’s Act of Incorporation; a reading from our Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais; entertainment stages; arts and activities zones; games; free admission to the Chimczuk Museum and much more! This event is made possible through generous funding from Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage grant from the Government of Canada.

Event Details (in progress)

While specific event details are still in progress, the 125th Birthday Celebration will include:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Windsor 125 Downtown Street Party

 
  • 5:00PM - 2:00AM - Downtown Windsor Street Festival in the evening
    • Extended patio
    • University of Windsor Athletics Club's "Night Flight" pole vault even
    • Mission Mile Fundraising Run/Walk
    • Outdoor big screen broadcasts of the MasterCard Memorial Cup game
    • Entertainment at various stages throughout Downtown Windsor:
      • Huttch; 9:45PM - Midnight; stage at Park St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • Crissi Cochrane; 9:45PM - 11:15PM; stage at Chatham St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • Soul Brother Mike; 9:45PM - 11:15PM; stage at Chatham St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • Maybe; 6:30PM - 7:45PM; stage at University Ave. and Pelissier St.
      • Kenneth MacLeod and the Windsor Salt Band; 8:15PM - 9:30PM; stage at University Ave. and Pelissier St.
      • Soul Delegation; 10:00PM - Midnight; stage at University Ave. and Pelissier St.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Annual Mayor's Walk

  • 9:30AM - gather at Assumption Park and get ready for the annual Mayor's Walk and warm up with Keith McShan

  • 10AM - Mayor's Walk along the waterfront, from Ambassador Park to Dieppe Gardens.

    • Join Mayor Drew Dilkens, special guests (including the Memorial Cup!) for this annual tradition. Walk from Ambassador Park to Dieppe Gardens. Interesting facts from Windsor's 125 year history will highlight the path, along with cultural dancers and an assortment of flags from various countries. The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County will have volunteers and cadets walking as part of the Mayor's Walk, carrying Country Flags to represent Windsor's multiculturalism.

The Great Canadian Flag Raising Ceremony

  • 10:45AM - The Mayor's Walk will pause at the foot of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive.

    • Join the Great Canadian Flag Project Team, Mayor Drew Dilkens, Canadian Government representatives, Windsor's Poet Laureate Marty Gervais, and special guests for the official flag-raising ceremony for the gigantic new Great Canadian Flag that will now fly on Windsor's waterfront. This project was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, the Canada 150 Fund, the fundraising campaign of the Great Canadian Flag Project team, and the City of Windsor.

Windsor's 125th Birthday Celebration - Community Festival

  • All-day Festival of arts, culture, heritage and recreation at the Vision Corridor (corner of Riverside Drive and Bruce Avenue, next to the Chimczuk Museum and Art Gallery of Windsor, and in front of the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union
    • ShowMobile Stage (Noon - 4PM)
      • Special Guest Emcee, Jim Crichton from CTV Windsor News
      • Mayor Dilkens Remarks
      • Singing of Happy Birthday for Windsor's milestone 125th Birthday (La chorale du Tricentenaire)
      • Reading by Windsor's Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais
      • First Nations Greeting and Performance by Binaeshee
      • Announcement of the selected artist(s) to create the Windsor 125 Public Art Installation in 2017
      • BiggWiggle
      • Matthew Romain Family Entertainment
      • The Greater Windsor Concert Band
    • Chimczuk Museum (10AM - 5PM)
      • Free admission 10AM  - 5PM
      • "The City of Windsor: Celebrating 125 Years - 1892-2017". This popup display outlines the formation and development of the City of Windsor, and the various celebrations along the way. On display at the Chimczuk Museum May 18th onwards
      • Canada150 and Museum Windsor keepsakes available for purchase at the museum Gift Shop
      • WasaNabin Youth Drum 1PM - 2PM
      • First Nations Dancer Chayton Hedgepeth 1PM - 3PM
      • Teajai Travis Roots, Rhythms & Windsor Drum Circle
      • Crafts for Kids
      • Children's Gallery and Learning Space
    • Art Gallery of Windsor (11AM - 5PM)
      • Free admission 11AM - 5PM
      • Visions of Windsor Program - create drawings that depict your experiences of Windsor, which will be combined - like a large quilt - to form a window installation in the window of the second floor studio to spell out WINDSOR 125 and face Riverside Drive.
    • Adventure Bay Family Water Park - Lobby Activities (10AM - 4PM)
      • Poetry on Demand with Vanessa Shields
      • Windsor 125 Celebration Flags screen printing with Chelsea Greenwell
      • 3D Printing Lab with Nicolas de Cosson and University of Windsor 3D Print Lab
      • Walkie Chalkie with Lindsay Whalan
      • Stephen Drouin painting activity
      • George Rizok illustrations
      • Daniel Lockhart writing workshop and activity
      • Ojibway Nature Centre display
      • Sports Hall of Fame Tours
      • Windsor Optimist Youth Band performance (12:30PM - 1PM)
      • Motessori Mozart performance (1PM - 1:30PM)
      • La chorale du Tricentenaire performance (1:30PM - 2PM)
      • Essex County Chinese Canadian Association dance performance (2PM - 2:30PM)
      • El Sanable dance performance (2:30PM - 3PM)
      • Bangladesh Canadian Association dance performance (3PM - 3:30PM)
      • Salin Lahi dance performance (3:30PM - 4PM)
    • Vision Corridor Activities (alongside Chimczuk Museum, Art Gallery of Windsor, Adventure Bay)
      • Free hot dogs and birthday cupcakes (while supplies last), served by members of the Optimist Club and sponsored by the Great Canadian Flag Project
      • City of Windsor Hydration Station onsite; bring your water bottles and fill em up anytime
      • AM800 Traveling Trailer
      • Tim Hortons van with free coffee
      • Windsor Police Services giveaways
      • Windsor Fire and Rescue Services Fire Truck and Sparky the mascot
      • Windsor Spitfires Bomber mascot
      • Community Art Project - Wishing Wall
      • Community Art Project - Windsor 125 Mosaic
      • Windsor Public Library's FRED - the Bookmobile
      • Healthy Kids Community Challenge water bottle giveaways
      • Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix car
      • Monster Mural painting
      • Photo cut-out "Mountie"
      • Nupur Shankar dance
      • Gujurati Samaj dance
      • Slovak Pamovina dance
      • Hart School of Highland dance
      • German Youth dancers
      • Stilt Guys
      • Recreation Department's sidewalk art, bubbles station, scooter races, hula hoop challenge, bean bag toss, frisbee, parachute games,
      • D&D Mascots - Mickey and Minnie, etc.
      • "I LOVE Windsor because ..." chalkboards
      • Youcan the Toucan, Adventure Bay Family Water Park mascot
      • Balloon Animals with Elizabeth and Myles
      • "Ted Paints Faces"
      • Bouncy castles, toddler obstacle course and Windsor125 Birthday Cake inflatable
      • Mini putt golf
      • "I Love Windsor Because..." chalk boards
    • Riverside Drive Activities (Noon - 4PM)
      • Road Hockey with KidSport
      • Bike obstacle course with Bike Windsor Essex
      • "Together Exhibit"

Windsor 125 Downtown Street Party

 
  • 3PM - 2AM - Downtown Windsor Street Festival in the evening
    • Extended patios
    • Outdoor big screen broadcasts of the MasterCard Memorial Cup games
    • Chatham Street West Activities (1PM - 7PM) - BV's House of Pong, The Henna Boutique, etc.
    • Chatham Street East Entertainment
      • Lisette and Tyler; 1:45PM - 2:45PM
      • Charlie Righteous; 3:00PM - 3:45PM
      • Parker Schaefer; 4:00PM - 4:45PM
      • W/Rosie; 5:00PM - 5:45PM
      • Coffee House Combo; 6:00PM - 7:30PM
    • Ouellette Avenue (100 Block)
      • Taul Paul; 11:30AM - 2:30PM
      • David Russel; 3:00PM - 6:00PM
      • Trio De Janeiro; 6:00PM - 9:00PM
      • Jake Van Dongen; 10:30PM - 2:00AM
    • Entertainment at various stages throughout Downtown Windsor:
      • The Mixx; 7:45PM - 9:00PM; stage at Park St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • The 519 Band; 9:45PM - Midnight; stage at Park St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • Jackie Robitaille and Pat Robitaille; 7:45PM - 9:00PM; stage at Chatham St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • Cristy and Peter Palazzolo Band; 9:15PM - 10:15pm; stage at Chatham St. and Ouellette Ave.
      • The Source; 6:00PM - 7:45PM; stage at University Ave. and Pelissier St.
      • Roots Vibration Band; 8:15PM - 9:45PM; stage at Unviersity Ave. and Pelissier St.
      • Years of Ernest; 10:15PM - Midnight; stage at University Ave. at Pelissier St.

Get Involved

Our Celebration Sponsors and Partners

  • Government of Canada - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage.
  • Great Canadian Flag Project.
  • "Together" Exhibit.
  • 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
  • Caesars Windsor.
  • snapd Windsor.
  • AM800 CKLW.
  • The Windsor Star.
  • CogecoTV.
  • University of Windsor.
  • St. Clair College.
  • Windsor Police Service.
  • Windsor Fire and Rescue.
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.
  • D&D Mascots.
  • Tim Hortons.
  • Riverside Windsor Ontario Optimist International Club.
  • Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.
  • Museum Windsor.
  • Art Gallery of Windsor.
  • Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union.

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