The Polish eagle will be circling over this year’s Canada Day celebrations, which will honour the 200th birthday of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Events Edmonton announced yesterday the details of the event, created in collaboration with the Chopin 2010 Celebration Committee.

“On Canada day, we as Canadians celebrate our birthday as democratic, dynamic and exciting country,” said John Szumlas, honourary consul of The Republic of Poland for Northern Alberta.

“So it’s absolutely wonderful that on Canada Day, we will as Canadians be celebrating not only the birthday of a country, but also the birthday of Fryderyk Chopin.”

Starting at 2 p.m., the celebration will be held at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, where Polish dancing and musical performances will showcase Chopin’s music.

For the first time, there will be a midway with 10 rides and games for the entertainment of young and old. As in previous years, the birthday celebrations of our nation will be concluded in a fireworks display and waterfall show in the river valley.

Because parking spaces in the area are limited, Events Edmonton advises guests to make use of public transit to and from the event.

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