The Duncan Cowichan Festival Society is celebrating the 40th year of bringing quality celebrations

40th Year of the DCFS
The Duncan Cowichan Festival Society is celebrating it’s 40th year of bringing quality celebrations, events, and community building activities to the Cowichan Valley, particularly the City of Duncan. Throughout these years, the DCFS has worked in conjunction, at times, with the DDBIA to make sure there is much excitement surrounding the grande parade, that event that does draw so many people into the downtown core.

Many people have taken the leadership role of this society over the years, all with their own vision of what a celebration could be and with the help of volunteers, they managed to continue the tradition of quality presentations for the community that calls Cowichan Valley home.

To those before, all of them, a huge thank you.

The annual Grande Parade.
A yearly staple in many communities as a means to gather and celebrate the diversity of that community usually in the downtown business area.

And Duncan has been no exception, with pictures showing up of parades even before incorporation.

The DCFS was created in 1979 in an attempt to obtain financial grants to maintain the City of Duncan’s award winning parade float. Long before the internet our spectacular parade float would travel to the many other parades throughout Vancouver Island and the northwest showcasing our community. As parades at our level have dropped off, we continue to showcase our community groups, businesses in our community, the many varied services offered in our community as well as marching bands from out of town joining our Cowichan Pipes and Drums. When put along side of the DDBIA’s Duncan Day, it the bestest day in the valley to gather in downtown Duncan.

The DCFS Grande Parade is designed for children through to seniors and t will be held on July 13th this year beginning at 10:00 a.m. Yes, a new, earlier start. Do check out the route beforehand to get your best seats. Special floats entered to celebrate 40 years of the DCFS, the 2019 theme being‘Xmas in July’.

This year the parade is sponsored again by Panago Pizza with a hefty contribution from Duncan’s own Experience Cycling to help it over the top. It will be held on July 13th this year beginning at 10:00 a.m. Do check out the route beforehand to get your best seats.

The DCFS Board of Directors and volunteers look forward to seeing you there!

an aside - Our 39 Days of July Festival 2018 version really put Duncan and the Cowichan Valley on the map with almost all performances enjoying record crowds. This year from June 28 - August 5, 2019 Charles Hoey Memorial Park (train station) in Downtown Duncan will be filled with music and arts from noon till 8pm daily, every hour on the hour with an added 13 performances in the City Square at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Yes, ‘a rather fun place to be’.


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All of these scheduled musical events are designed to bring community together to celebrate our diverse local / Canadian and international music scenes, to give the opportunity to meet our neighbours, share a common experience and hopefully be able to now greet each other with a friendly smile on any future happen chance connections. We are proving that downtown Duncan and the Cowichan Valley is... ‘a rather fun place to be’.