Spectrum City Dance kicks off the 2017 Seafest parade on Saturday. Photo by Shannon Lough

Seafest shines a light

Despite the grey start to the week, the red and white themed festival shone

There was a lot of grey leading up to the red and white themed Seafest

For a weekend meant for light-hearted festivities for families, friends and visitors it started on a sour note two weeks prior when a certain rail company blocked access to the beach by the Lightering Dock. To make matters worse, Prince Rumours spread that there wouldn’t be any waterfront activities and for the first time there weren’t enough participants to run the Quick and Daring competition.

But on a more serious note, the Fulton Street house fire last Tuesday displaced more than 10 people and on Friday morning, joggers found a body at the base of Mount Hays.

That night, when Seafest took full swing the colours and mood shifted.

At the Salmon Festival, people raised more than $970 for victims from the fire.

The sun came out for the parade on Saturday with RCMP officers dressed in red serge and red heels in support of the Transition Society making the statement that violence against women is not okay.

Sunday’s waterfront events — despite not having a beach — was packed full of activities and entertainment, with a noticeably bigger crowd this year.

The red and white theme outshone any other shades, at least for a weekend.

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