About Us


The Gold Cup Parade is the largest annual event in Atlantic Canada and the largest Parade east of Montreal. Every year the Parade attracts over 100 floats from businesses, communities and organizations from across the Maritimes; 12 marching bands from the Maritimes, Quebec and, occasionally, from the United States., as well as numerous horse, car and clown entries. For the last seven years, the parade has also featured the much-loved huge helium filled balloons brought from Windsor, Ontario.

As the parade has grown, so have the spectators, to where it is now estimated that close to 60 thousand spectators line the streets of Charlottetown to participate in the “Great Island Tradition” plus the viewers of Eastlink TV across PEI and Nova Scotia. Our parade generates increased business activity in service industries, including hotels, restaurants, service stations and retail establishments. As well, our parade is an Island mainstay that contributes to “Islanders’” pride and sense of tradition.

The 2013 Parade Coordinator is Coltin Handrahan.


Steering Committee

Lee Drake

Danny Murphy

Tanya O’Brien

David Hilchey

Jennifer Evans

Ray Murphy, Chair

Organizing Committee

Paul Murray

Jonathan Mosher

Chris Whitlock

Wayne Long

Karen Wortman

Rayanne Frizzell

Carol MacWillams

Debbie Doucette

Darcy Campbell

Charles Curley

Leanne Cail

Jacki Murphy

Derek Tweel

Heather MacLean