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Natal Day weekend

Natal Day parade - Mounties Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The first Monday in August is a holiday, many provinces in the country have it as a civic holiday or ank holiday if ou will. Here in Halifax it's something a little more special. It's to celebrate the founding of Halifax and Dartmouth and is called Natal Day. Halifax was founded in 1749 and Dartmouth in 1750.

Each city used to have it's own celebrations around the middle of the summer, each on a separate weekend but when the cities and surrounding county amalgamated in 1996 to create one political district, Halifax Regional Municipality, the birthday celebrations were also combined. IT's a great weekend, usually starting on Thursday or Friday. The Halifax waterfront has a big beer tent and activities go on both Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts for families. There is usually live music every night in the beer tent. You can see anything from jazz to blues to even rock music. Some years there are bands that dress up like other famous bands and perform covers. Excellent stuff!

There's a parade, that goes through Halifax, across the McDonald Bridge and down through Dartmouth. There are fireworks, usually several nights in diferent locations though the ones over the harbour are usually the best. There will be a canoe and kayak regatta on a Dartmouth lake and a road race as well that also goes across the bridge. They also close the McDonald bridge for a couple of hours on the Sunday and you can go and walk across the bridge which is pretty cool if it's a sunny day.

Lots of fun for anyone of any age. Definitely a great weekend to visit Halifax.

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