Academie Duello wants YOU to march in the Canada Day Parade with us

Calling all western martial artists and friends of Duello! If you're a student, member, former student, or sword fighting friend of Academie Duello we want you to join us in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st!We'll supply anything you need!

Help us reach our goal of 100 paraders this year!

Sword fighters, archers, bartitsu practitioners, stage combatants, mounted combat practitioners, etc are all invited to represent as we fight and perform our way through the streets of Vancouver!

Sunday, July 1st 7pm downtown, in the West End. Academie Duello is excited to be a part of the Canada Day parade again this year. This event is tons of fun and a great opportunity to go out and show off what we do here at Duello. Last year we had somewhere near 80 paraders from our adult and youth programs, fighting in the streets of Vancouver along the parade route! This is going to be tons of fun, so let's make it happen and get 100 people out for this year's parade!

We will be meeting at Duello at 4:00pm to gather equipment and gear. At 4:45pm we shall leave Duello and head to the muster spot that shall be assigned to us. Parade marchers (which is us!) need to arrive between 5pm and 6pm at our location. The parade starts at 7pm and last year’s parade began at Broughton and West Georgia, travelled east, and then travellled North down Granville St. with dispersal on Hastings St. between Granville and Burrard.

Keep in mind that we shall be mustering at Duello while our archery program is having their open range time.  We will have all equipment (masks, gorgets, gloves, personal weapons) in the museum area of the salle so that you don't have to walk into the range.  If there is anything special that you need, please come into Duello before the open range (which starts at 3:30pm) to grab it, or call ahead and let us know.

We can't wait to see you there!


Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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