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Every year the Ancaster Heritage Days parade is led by a parade marshal. Marshals sit in a convertible car and do their best impression of the queen’s wave to the onlooking crowds. The planning committee typically selects a local resident who is known within the community. In recent years marshals have included former Ancaster mayor and trailblazer, Ann Sloat, Olympic women’s hockey players, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino, and most recently local historian, Zig Misiak, and hockey-dad legend, Walter Gretzky. Former Ancaster and City of Hamilton Mayor, Robert E. Wade, is invited to participate every year as the honourary parade marshal.

This year the planning committee is asking the public to submit suggestions for parade marshal. Specifically the committee is looking for Ancaster residents with any unique stories relating to recent immigration to Canada or accomplishments in advancing the role and place of women or people of colour in business, politics, education, or community service. Please submit suggestions by April 15 to committee chair, Aaron Gerrard, at ancasterheritagedays@gmail.com.

If you want to participate in the parade, you will need to download, complete, and email the 2020 application form.

2020 Parade Application

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.

The parade is commentated by Brian Wood of CHCH 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.