Join the Great Whistler Parade 

Help build the Great Whistler Parade by getting involved in a series of free parade workshops Feb. 3 to 11 in Whistler. And whatever participants choose to build, they will also get a chance to showcase themselves at the parade.

There are a number of ways to get involved with workshops for both children and adults, including building props, flags, hand shakers, lanterns, banners, costumes and playing the drums.

Children can get into the 2010 spirit by participating in the Painted Pennant Flags workshop on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Spring Creek Elementary School, as well as the Hand Shakers workshop on Feb. 5-6 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Elementary School.

Children will paint a pennant flag with the birds of spring, and then carry their flag in the parade. They can also create and decorate hand shakers to be used in the rhythm section of the parade.

Adults have five workshops to participate in.

Twenty people are needed for the Props and Touch Ups workshop Feb. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Whistler****. Jessica Salvador and Christian Kessner will lead the class as participants construct props, touch up costumes and create technical support items.

Adults can then light up the parade at the Bamboo Lantern workshop, which will construct lanterns out of bamboo and tissue paper on Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Elementary School.

A dozen adults are invited to get rhythm at the Drumming workshop Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Elementary School. Instructor Pepe Danza will lead the group who will also perform in the parade.

Clothing designer Shari Rewels will lead the Costumes workshop Feb. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whistler Youth Centre. More than 30 costumes will be made. Participants are asked to bring any sewing machines, sergers or sewing supplies they may have. Fabric donations would be greatly appreciated.

Four banners, each highlighting one of the four seasons, will be created at the Backpack Bamboo Banners workshop Feb. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Whistler Youth Centre. In addition to the banners, eight material lanterns will also be created.

To sign up for the free workshops, contact Christian Kessner at 604-902-2740 or


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