Good Times Start Here
The 98th MasterCard Memorial Cup marks the first time the tournament will be held in Alberta in 42years, and the Host Organizing Committee aims to start the event off with a bang.
“We’re very excited that we could bring this event to Red Deer, and want to kick things off by askingRed Deerians to join us Thursday, May 19 to participate in the arrival of the Memorial Cup,” says 2016MasterCard Memorial Cup Host Committee Co-Chair, Ron LaRiviere.
The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup event will begin with a memorable Arrival Ceremony in the heartof downtown Red Deer. During this opening celebration the Memorial Cup will be brought into the city ofRed Deer in spectacular fashion.
The ceremony will serve as a tribute to our military and will allow theentire community to celebrate the start of this great 10 day event.“We’re thrilled the Memorial Cup is making its first stop Downtown and we can hardly wait to welcomethe community to the Arrival Ceremony,” says Amanda Gould, Executive Director for the Red DeerDowntown Business Association.CH146 Griffon Helicopters will bring the Memorial Cup trophy into Red Deer flying over the crowdgathered at Veteran’s Park on Ross Street.
One of the helicopters will land amidst the cheeringstudents at Central Middle School where the trophy will be picked up by a military Light ArmouredVehicle to escort it down Ross Street. The Memorial Cup will be paraded through the streets featuring amarching contingent of 45 Canadian Armed Forces pipes and drums and a group of our proud past-service veterans.
Red Deerians are invited to head downtown to cheer on the parade as the Memorial Cup is marched tothe final destination at the statue of the “Unknown Soldier” in Veteran’s Park. The celebration is opento the public and will include the firing of a military howitzer, a welcome program and live streetentertainment on the Ross Street Patio.
Please note there will be increased noise levels in the area due to the involvement of helicopters andhowitzer in the event, also please be advised the following road closures will be in effect:
• Ross St., from 49 Ave. to 50 Ave. (Little Gaetz): Closed from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
.• Ross St., from 48 Ave. to 49 Ave. will have a temporary 15 minute rolling closure between 11:30 –12:00 as the parade passes through, motorists are encouraged to take a different route during thattime.
• 48 Ave., from 51 St. to Ross (50) St. will be closed from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.