Tulip pageant blooms at Commissioner’s Park beginning Might 10 – Ottawa Citizen

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Tulip Competition opens Might 10.


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The Canadian Tulip Competition introduced a 2019 lineup Wednesday that’s “re-rooted in horticulture and heritage.”

The Might 10-20 pageant options an expanded collection of 33 “Music & Tulips” performances produced by Julian Armour, the work of native artists among the many 300,000 blooms at Commissioner’s Park overlooking Dow’s Lake and a digital app to assist guests discover the Nationwide Capital Fee gardens.

Previous favourites like the primary fireworks of the summer time season are again at what organizers say is the longest-running main occasion within the nation behind the Calgary Stampede. There’s additionally a curated assortment of artifacts celebrating the occasion’s 67 years.

“The pageant’s founder, Malak Karsh, used to inform me that when the present of 100,000 bulbs from the Dutch royal household bloomed within the spring of 1946, the gardens introduced a welcome splash of color again right into a world that was nonetheless gray following the Second World Conflict,” pageant president Grant Hooker mentioned.

“Utilizing digital expertise and conventional music and storytelling, we wish to improve the tulip mattress expertise for festival-goers whereas maintaining alive for younger and new Canadians the fabled tales that led to the pageant.

“This 12 months’s celebration will probably be revolutionary, impactful and, we hope, significant.”

The Victoria Day Fireworks, an annual custom for the reason that 1950s, are Might 19 at 10 p.m. over Dow’s Lake.

Admission to Commissioners Park and all points of interest besides a VIP fireworks seating space is free however festival-goers are inspired to convey money for meals truck fare and for distributors close to Dow’s Lake Plaza.

Go to tulipfestival.ca for extra particulars.

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