As the scientists and bird enthusiasts from around the world flock to Vancouver for the 27th International Ornithological Congress, and First Annual Vancouver International Bird Festival, we’re planning to greet them as part of the grand opening parade along the seawall in Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour. Birds on stilts! Bird puppets! Bird flags and Bird choruses, representing and celebrating local and migratory birds from our communities.
The main body of the parade will be a Bird Stilt Chorus*: a gathering of as many people on stilts as we can assemble, embodying the movements and sounds of birds that live in or migrate through British Columbia. Each will be wearing a mask and wings that identify the bird they have come to know.
We will depart from Harbour Green Park at 3.00 and parade to Jack Poole Plaza.
Birds on Parade! is a celebration of the importance of birds in our communities, reinforcing awareness and feelings of connection between the bird and human worlds.