This “shoebox float” is inspired by watching Canadian geese fly over Mill Lake. The Reach Gallery Museum is inviting the public to submit entries for its Shoebox Parade, which will be posted online on Canada Day. (Submitted photo)

Submissions sought in Abbotsford for ‘Shoebox Parade’

The Reach Gallery holds online event for Canada Day

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is inviting submissions to a “Shoebox Parade” that will premiere online on Canada Day.

The parade invites the public to create their their own miniature float, photograph it, and submit it for a video feature.

In addition to marking the annual holiday, the video will become a part of The Reach’s historical collections as a way to remember the unique ways the community adapted during the pandemic.

“We see this as a chance for our whole community to get creative,” says Diana Hiebert, curator of learning and community engagement at The Reach.

“We’ve called it a ‘shoebox parade’ to suggest that participants might make a miniature float out of a shoebox, but we’re really hoping that people will be resourceful and use their imaginations.”

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Participants are encouraged to use whatever materials they have on hand to create a float inspired by their favourite thing about Abbotsford. Some suggestions include decorating a plastic toy car or truck, a wagon, or a bicycle, or even dressing up a pet.

The Reach will premiere the virtual parade through its social media channels on July 1 at noon. Submissions must be sent by Friday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. by email to

Submission guidelines can be viewed at

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