Tell me. What marks the start of enjoying the sun, walking in rivers, or going to get icecream? In Calgary the mark of camping, hiking, walking in Princess Island Park, and knowing its almost time for Stampede is the 4th Street Lilac Festival.
Calgary is lucky to have lilacs grow throughout the city. I once met a woman from California who loved the look of lilacs to photograph, she told me that lilacs only grow when there are cold temperatures during part of the year. In Calgary, lilacs range from a deep rich purple to white as snow. In almost every part of Calgary, in the communities, driving down the highways, downtown, or in a park, there is a very good chance you will see lilacs blooming in June.
The 4th Street Lilac Festival is when Calgarians come out to shed layers of clothing from our winters, to embrace Calgarian culture and support our community. The Lilac Festival is an entire day of being able to enjoy the sun with loved ones while walking around looking at different Calgary business owner’s companies and products! You can find anything from gourmet dog treats, to fitness classes, to buskers, and mini donuts that fill your heart and stomach with sugary-goodness. I will be honest, my love of Tim Hortons is just as strong as my impulse of wanting to jump into a bag of dough coated in sugar and cinnamon.
This year was especially one of a kind since its Canada’s 150! Seeing the Calgary community come together really did exemplify what it means to be Canadian. People from all over the city and surrounding areas, of different ages, different incomes, at different stages in their lives- but everyone was wearing their sunglasses, with friends and family, with either a fresh lemonade in hand, or looking at different vendors. I was so blessed to attend this year’s Annual 4th Street Lilac Festival as Miss Calgary World 2017, while embracing my Canadian heritage! I am always happy to spend a day representing my city while being surrounded by Calgarians!