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Lots of live music to follow Hyack Parade

This year's Hyack parade will be followed by a big party to be called Uptown Live!

As soon as the May 26 parade passes through Uptown, a showcase of live music on multiple stages and high-wire performances by Inner Ring and the Vancouver Circus School will start up.

The new event has been hatched to take the place of the carnival rides.

"We have had some challenges trying to coordinate our Family Days event which has been traditionally held in Queen's Park," said Hyack president Bill Radbourne in a press release. "The installation of the artificial field surface forced us to look at other options and Uptown Live! is a result of our consultations with city staff and key stakeholders in the community. It makes a lot of sense to capitalize on the large crowds that gather in the area of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street."

Bart Slotman of the Uptown Business Association is excited about the new direction.

"With the availability of free parking and high concentration of restaurants and coffee shops, the Uptown area is a great location for an event like this."

The parade, which is in its 41st year and is being sponsored by Key West Ford for the first time, will begin at 11 a.m. on May 26.

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