THE NEWS/files                                Members of the Pitt Meadows fire department during the annual Pitt Meadows Day parade water fight last year.

THE NEWS/files Members of the Pitt Meadows fire department during the annual Pitt Meadows Day parade water fight last year.

New new sights and sounds for Pitt Meadows Day

Professional skateboard competition and open skate with pros offering tips and tricks.

The collection of community floats will be strong, the antique cars will be shining just right and the judges will have the unenviable job of picking the best of the best at this weekend’s Pitt Meadows Day parade.

The streets are expected to be packed when the parade kicks off this year at its usual spot on Hammond Road, and heads down the main drag along Harris Road.

There will be several categories that will be judged, from best overall presentation to best marching band entry.

Pitt Meadows Day started as a strawberry tea event and has lasted 76 years. The party goes on all day, as a pancake breakfast kicks things off and a fireworks show serves at the day’s final act.

In between, there are a variety of different events for people of all ages to enjoy. Organizers have put together a professional skateboard competition and open skate with pros offering tips and tricks, including demonstrations.

“There is a lot of the usual stuff, but there’s also going to be a lot of new sights and sounds for everyone to see this year,” said the Pitt Meadows Day volunteer president Zabrina Brathwaite-Kelso. “The skate competition is going to be pretty awesome.”

Pitt Meadows 2017 citizen of the year is also to be handed out.

Andrew Thompson was awarded the honour in 2016.

There will be some road closures to look out for, Hammond Road, from North Bonson to Harris Roads, as well as Harris Road from Hammond to McMyn Roads, will be closed for the parade from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When the fireworks are on, parts of Airport Way, from Harris to South Bonson roads, will also be closed.

A volunteer-cooked salmon and chicken dinner is available for just $10 a plate, and there will also be on-location food trucks and services for everyone’s enjoyment.

• For a full list of activities and complete road closures, visit pittmeadowsday.ca.