Deep Roots Parade

Note: These events are not happening in 2021 due to COVID.


Fabulously fun FREE events happen every year, throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Some general themes have developed over the years, and  we are always exploring new projects so make sure to check our website or our Facebook page to get up-to-date details as the annual festival weekend comes together.  

Friday, free music performances start. People are encouraged to bring a chair and spend some part of the afternoon at the Clock Park tent where, usually starting at 2pm, various musicians entertain. Artists@Acadia is another option for free performances that has always been popular.

Saturday, start your day exploring your creative side, either preparing for the parade or playing with giant puppets; or move right into your musical side – drumming, harmonizing voices, or kids playing music. Many folks have claimed that our Saturday noontime Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade is one of the highlights and at the very heart of the Deep Roots Music Festival. Whether you’ve participated in one of our morning workshops or not, come join the Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade. Everyone gathers at the Clock Park Tent at 11:35am bringing their own rhythm instruments, if they have them, and wearing a costume or wacky hat if so inclined. Since the morning includes a workshop to make hats, masks and instruments for the parade, you could be wearing the fantastic hat or mask you’ve just made, or be holding the rhythm instrument you’ve just created … or be donning the Wee Giant costume you’ve just borrowed! At NOON … the parade in all its glorious colour and joyous noise begins.

Parade Route (subject to change):

Leaving from Clock Park, the parade proceeds east on Main Street, turns left and goes north on Central Avenue, turns left again moving west on Front Street. A final left and a hop, skip and a jump south on Elm Street will bring us back to Clock Park and the Festival Tent. Please stay in costume and gather for a GROUP PICTURE right after the parade finishes.

After the parade, stay around for free music at the Just Us! Festival Tent, as well as a puppet show (Maritime Marionettes).  There’s a kid’s music show with Jamie Junger and then Open Mic … many reasons to hang around. Bringing your own chair is recommended.   Bringing a picnic along to enjoy while listening to the music adds to the fun!  If you check out the Farmers’ Market, earlier on Saturday, you’ll catch more Deep Roots’  music there, and you probably won’t be able to resist picking up some of the great local food choices for your picnic later.  

Sunday …  starts with a great sing-along in the morning that is always uplifting and joyous.  We just ask that you bring a food donation to the food bank.

If the Weather is REALLY wet …

September is usually beautiful in Nova Scotia, but… it could still rain. Almost all of our venues are indoor and unaffected by adverse weather conditions, and all shows at the Clock Park Tent (except drum circle) will go on, rain or shine. If the wind is too much, the Clock Park Tent events may move over to the Baptist Church right across the road but they will go on.