To celebrate our 40th Birthday, this year’s Parade theme is:

’79, Baby: Disco, Pop & Rock ‘n Roll
Celebrating Ancaster Heritage Days, born 1979
This year’s parade marshals are local historian, educator, and author Zig Misiak, and Canada’s most famous hockey dad, Walter Gretzky.

Zig attended Ancaster High School and is being inducted into it’s Hall of Distinction this year.  For over 50 years Zig has developed personal relationships within the First/Native Nations and Métis communities.  He has studied and learned much about their history and culture but still sees himself as a student in this area.  In addition to providing curriculum and related support to schools in Ontario and other parts of Canada, Zig’s mission is to familiarize, coach, present, and mentor all those who share his interest in history.

As President of Real People’s History, Zig has brought his experiences to many committees and other forums and as a result has been acknowledged internationally, nationally, provincially and locally.  In addition to being a Canadian Forces Veteran, RHLI, 1964-1969, Zig has also been a historic re-enactor for several decades portraying the Butler’s Rangers of the American Revolution and the Caldwell’s Rangers of the War of 1812.

Walter is the father of Canadian hockey icon, Wayne Gretzky.  However, Walter has contributed much in his own right.  He’s been a supporter of minor hockey and various charities and causes for decades, lending his name, smile, and great story-telling abilities whenever he can.  For these reasons and more, Walter was named to the Order of Canada in 2007.  And just down the road from us, Walter’s hometown of Brantford opened the Walter Gretzky Elementary School in 2012.

And yes, Zig and Walter are good friends who both share a love of history.  Likely no one else but Zig could convince Walter to pose with an 18th century tri-corn hat and sword!

Come and visit both Zig and Walter during the street festival in the village from 1130am-230pm.

This year’s Parade will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, and starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Wilson and Academy Streets!

If you want to participate in the parade, you will need to download, complete, and email an application.  Forms are due by April 22.

AHD – Parade Application Form 2019

The Annual Ancaster Heritage Days Parade runs for approximately 40 minutes and the route is about 2km long, starting at Wilson and Academy Streets, and ending at Wilson and Todd Streets. Parade entries are encouraged to use this year’s theme.  A prize will be awarded for the best use of theme.

The parade is commentated by Brian Wood of CH News!


Our annual honourary parade marshal is former Mayer of the City of Ancaster, Mayor of the City of Hamilton, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, Robert E. Wade.  Bob has always been a champion of Ancaster Heritage Days and, along with his wife, continues to reside in Ancaster.

Cash donations will be collected along the parade route with proceeds supporting future Ancaster Heritage Days events.

Below are some of the people, organizations, and businesses that have participated in the past:

  • Great Pyrenees Club of Canada
  • Ballare Studio Dance
  • Max’s Big Ride
  • Jack Astor’s bar & Grill
  • St John’s Anglican Church Ancaster (200th Anniversary Float)
  • Ancaster Karate Club
  • Ancaster Community Services
  • Rotary Club of Ancaster
  • Jacks’ and Jills’ Co-op Preschool
  • Ancaster Soccer Club
  • Ancaster Film Club – Films at Fieldcote
  • Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre
  • Ancaster Fair
  • Ancaster Avalanche Junior Hockey Association
  • Ancaster BIA
  • Ancaster Community Food Drive
  • Hamilton Fire Department
  • Village Eyecare Optometrists
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows Ancaster Lodge #138
  • Fortinos Ancaster
  • St John Ambulance Therapy Dogs
  • Rotary Club of Ancaster AM
  • Dream Concepts Group
  • Stephen J Dunn Insurance Agency
  • Bishop Tonnas Catholic Secondary School
  • Evolution Martial Arts
  • Plus an assortment of amazing bands!!

*Please Note: You will be notified by e-mail if your entry has been selected for the parade. If selected, your organization will receive a complete package with marshaling instructions for the parade. You must receive confirmation from a representative of the Ancaster Heritage Days parade committee to enter the parade.