The Canadian Forces Snowbirds do a flypast over downtown Prince Rupert.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds do a flypast over downtown Prince Rupert.

Snowbirds make their arrival in Prince Rupert

The iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds made their presence in Prince Rupert known this afternoon, doing several fly-pasts over the harbour and the downtown core.

The iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds made their presence in Prince Rupert known this afternoon, doing several fly-pasts over the harbour and the downtown core.

The sound of low flying jets was impossible to miss at about three p.m. as at least seven of the planes went from one end of town to the other, flying in formation all the while. The Snowbirds are in town for tomorrow evening’s performance, which begins at six p.m. The Snowbirds will be flying over the harbour, ensuring a clear view from around town, while speakers will be set-up at Mariner’s Park and Rotary Waterfront Park. For those who want to take it in from the deck, the play-by-play will be broadcast on AM 560.

Prior to the show, there a community celebration will start at 3 p.m. at Rotary Waterfront Park with something for everyone. There will be vendors selling shishkabobs, hamburgers, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, sweet and savory and traditional fried bread for the celebration, while entertainment will be provided by the Coastal Medication Band, the North Coast Ceremonial Dancers, the Jon-Luc Band, Kimberly Truong and the rocking sounds of Triple Bypass. In addition to emergency vehicles and various other displays, there will be two “bouncy castles”, face-painting tattoos and a limited number of Snowbirds posters at the park for children throughout the celebration.

At the same time, the Pillsbury House will be hosting a Garden Tea Party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will feature music, tours of the heritage site, make your own zany hat competition and a best cake/cupcake contest.

People are encouraged to leave their dogs at home for the performance, and bring their lawn chairs when possible. Note that Bill Murray Way will be closed to accommodate the celebration.