2018 Parade Participants

Inaugural signed plates from our twin city Kaga, Japan; A Japanese shrine that will be carried in the parade.

The 2018 Parade takes place on Thursday August 16th in downtown Dundas at 7:00pm. The Dundas Driving Park will be closed all day to allow organizers to assemble Parade participants. Toys & Games on Parade will be out in full display on Parade night. Our Honorary Parade Marshal this year is our twin city of Kaga which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our twinning. Special guests are the Mayor of Kaga, a delegation of representatives and a group of Kaga exchange students, as well as the Mayor of Hamilton.   Be sure to check out the pictures on our website of the plates presented to our representatives on their inaugural visit to Kaga!

John Borer (last year’s honorary Parade Marshall) will be back with his 6 hitch of gorgeous Percherons.

The Shriners will be back in full force with the Hillbilly clans & critters, go- carts, clowns, the oriental Shrine Band & the Maid of the Mist.  Five historic fire trucks and our present-day emergency fire & ambulance & police will be there too, as will an antique horse drawn 1900 Police Vehicle Replica.

Many of your favorite bands will be present too- The Barr Band, Tomato Soup, Trickbag, and the Silver Leaf Ensemble of Preston Scout House. Impact Percussion & St. Mary’s Drum Corp plus the Dundas & Grimsby Pipe Bands will be joining in as well.  Other favorite guests returning are the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra & The Burlington Teen Tour Band.  As always, the Dundas Concert Band will perform in Grafton Square.

Remember Your Toonies – Volunteers from Canada Post will join our team this year so please be sure to look for our bright yellow banners & buckets and give generously to support this great lineup of bands.

Be safe! The route is closed from 6:00pm- 10:00pm.

Drop -Off – we ask all participants to be dropped off at Parkside & Cayley St. and to walk on the outer perimeter of the Driving Park to get to their position, floats only enter through the main gate.  The infield is closed for the horse entries only.  Additional participant parking is available at St. Augustine’s School at the corner of Alma St. & Sydenham.

All Disassembling will be on Mill St. this year between Market St. & Wellington due to renovation of the Grightmire arena.

Please follow the marshal’s instructions and do not allow anyone to exit a float until the float is off the road on the south grass verge on Mill St.

Pick up – At the end of the route- please enter the disassembling area via Wellington St. and park on the south grass verge to keep the road open and traffic moving westbound.  MacNab St. is closed between Market St & Wellington – local traffic excepted.  Traffic is rerouted on King St. & Mill St.  Creighton Rd. traffic moves via Mercer & Head St. westbound and Kemp Dr. eastbound.

Volunteers are still needed at intersections and to walk in the Parade. To volunteer email parade@dundascactusparade.com or call Donna at 905 628-0838.

Toonie for Tunes 2018 – Look for our bright yellow banners and buckets throughout the Parade.  Canada Post will join our volunteers. Please give generously to support all the great bands. Donations can be made in advance or following the Parade at 22 Alma St. Dundas.

See you at the Parade!

Thank you to our 2016 contributors!

Two by Two or From the Zoo rolled the 41st Dundas Cactus Parade along on a warm summer evening, through downtown Dundas. People from near and far, enthusiastic participants and a dedicated team of volunteers combined to make a fun Parade!

On behalf of the Dundas Cactus Parade Committee I extend our sincere thanks to all participants, volunteers, marshals, escorts, judges, security, banner carriers, photographers, Community of Dundas / City of Hamilton work crews, the police, and Dundas businesses.

Special thanks to Ruthlyn, Rita May & Duncan Graham, Sonia & Adrian Obrien, Charmaine Mitchell, Gerri MacPhail Kelsey George and Nick Scholefield for all their efforts in preparation of this much loved community event.

Thank you to Crossroads, Cruickshanks, Grisdales, WPE and Hamilton Conservation for their continued support as well as the Dofasco Orange Team plus Courtney Workman and all the enthusiastic Columbia College students that carried the banners in the Parade.

Special thanks to John Borer for organizing those beautiful percheron horses.

Thank you to Milica Pavlica, Steve Barton, the Team of Toonie Collectors and Team Scotia, and to everyone for their generous donations. The Toonies collected pay the great bands that join us each year in the Parade.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors, and to Deb Downey for their generous and continued support.

See you in 2017 for the 42nd anniversary of this event. We welcome new volunteers to grow with us. Call Donna at 905 628-0838 or visit our website at www.dundascactusparade.com.

Thank you
Donna Graham
Parade Coordinator