2019 Parade Participants

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

The 2019 Parade takes place on Thursday August 15th in downtown Dundas at 6:45pm. The Dundas Driving Park will be closed all day to allow organizers to assemble Parade participants. Technology Takeover! will be out in full display on Parade night.  Be sure to check out the pictures on our website of the plates presented to our representatives on their inaugural visit to Kaga!

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 2019 – 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!

2019 Participants

Thank you to our 2018 contributors!

Toys & Games were on Parade for the 43rd Dundas Cactus Parade. Although warm, the weather cooperated just long enough for the Parade to go through downtown Dundas. People from near and far, enthusiastic participants and a dedicated team of volunteers came together to make a fun Parade!

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

Special thanks to Kelsey George, Kelsan Gehlert, Ruthlyn, Rita May & Duncan Graham, Gerri MacPhail, Charmaine Mitchell, Brian Punambolam, Nick Scholefield and Aaron Vanderwal for all their hard work to present this much-loved community event.

Thank you to Cruickshanks, Galers, Grisdales, WPE and Hamilton Conservation for their continued support as well as the Dofasco Orange Team, Canada Post, Chelsea Rolph and all the enthusiastic Columbia College students that carried the banners in the Parade.

Special thanks to John Borer for getting those beautiful Percheron horses here in unpredictable weather and welcome to the Hamilton Community Police Horse Team.

Thank you to the Team of Toonie Collectors including Canada Post and to everyone for their generous donations.  Your toonie donations help pay the great bands that join us each year in the Parade.

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

See you in 2019 for the 44th anniversary of this event. We welcome new volunteers to grow with us and have fun with us. Call Donna at 905 628-0838.

Thank you
Donna Graham
Parade Coordinator