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Cast of characters to greet Richmond Maritime Festival goers

Don Fennell   Aug-09-2017

Rikki the Rat and other colourful characters will greet visitors at the 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival this weekend (Aug. 12 and 13) at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond

The Shady Isle Pirates have long been a fixture at the annual Richmond Maritime Festival, helping to promote and preserve the community’s nautical heritage.

This weekend (Aug. 12 and 13) will be no exception.



They’ll be parlaying along the 600-foot dock and throughout the Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site, while also launching their hilarious mini-brigs.

The pirates will be among a wide cast of characters that also includes numerous other salty dogs, Lulu the Mermaid, Rikki the Rat and various creatures of the deep sure to keep visitors entertained throughout. Pop-up entertainment will also occur throughout the picturesque, eight-acre waterfront park.

There’s also plenty of live music and other entertainment on the festival’s multiple stages, including a headline performance on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. by popular local rockers Good For Grapes. Popular Celtic folk-rock trio Tiller’s Folly; the folk-rock mash-up sounds of the Halifax Wharf Rats; bluegrass faves Lonesome Town Painters and Vancouver’s “first lady of Uke”, Daphne Roubini and Black Gardenia are also part of the eclectic main stage mix.The cultural diversity of Richmond and its maritime heritage will also be represented with First Nations dancers, Chinese choral music and Bhangra.

This year’s festival also includes a celebration of wooden boats and everything from wooden boat building demonstrations and displays to free public boarding of a number of historic vessels. On land, Wooden Boat Lane will feature more than a dozen exhibitors and include displays of various wooden boats, kayaks and canoes. The very popular Kids Cove area will also return with a number of hands-on activities for kids, including the opportunity to hammer together their own miniature wood boats. For those who want to get on water, the River Queen will be offering 15-minute boat rides along the Steveston Channel both days of the festival.

Festival goers will also be able to tour the numerous historic buildings including B.C.’s oldest shipyard. Many of the historic buildings on site have been restored and feature engaging and interactive displays about B.C.’s maritime history. Don’t miss the new Our Coastal Communities exhibit in the Seine Net Loft, which shows how grassroots community efforts are seeking to help combat the issue of plastic and other waste being dumped into our oceans, lakes and rivers.

Admission is free to the Richmond Maritime Festival, which will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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