Cities across Canada are preparing for Canada Day 150 celebrations and the main attraction in Halifax is being hosted by the municipality.
“We expect during the daytime activities, at the oval, around the commons, at least 25,000 during the day. Then there’s going to be another 13,000 at Citadel Hill. We’re going to have hopefully 25,000 more here by night time,” Billy Comer said, the Civic Events Coordinator for the municipality.
A massive free outdoor concert is being held on the Halifax Common, the headliner is Canadian electronic DJ, Deadmau5, along with several local acts including Dartmouth’s Matt Mays.
The day will conclude months of security planning between Halifax Regional Police and the municipality.
“There are a lot of activities going on, we’re expecting a huge influx of people but we’re prepared, we have additional resources, you’re going to see Halifax Regional Police officers all around the city and we just hope everybody has a great time,” Cst. Dianne Penfound said, the media relations officer for the Halifax Regional Police.
While Cst. Penfound says ‘specific details’ of the security plan won’t be made public, they’ve been corresponding with the municipality to ensure adequate security is provided by police and privately contracted security.
“We’ve been actually corresponding for months now in preparation for these events to make sure they flow and everybody has a great time and everybody’s safe,” Cst. Penfound said.
To ensure a ‘smooth travel’ through the massive crowds, Comer says their are some ‘tips’ people can use to their advantage.
“If you plan ahead, the best way to get through some of the lines quicker, is if you don’t need a bag don’t bring one. Have an empty water bottle, we have water stations on site. There’s food vendors here, we have everything you’re going to need for the day,” Comer said.
The City of Halifax received $400,000 in federal money from the Canada 150 fund to host the series of events.