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IWA is joining with Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS) and Canal & River Trust to organise a parade of boats to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in June 2022.

On Friday 24 June boats will gather at a rally organised by BCNS at Smethwick Locks in Galton Valley, the junction of two canals – the Old Main Line and New Line – where moorings will be available.  The historic sites of Smethwick Old Pumping Station (Bridge Street) and the New Pumping Station (shown in the photo) will be open for boaters during the Friday afternoon.  On Saturday 25th, boats will travel along to the city and form up between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port, before parading through the heart of the city to the Mailbox before returning to moor up for the night between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port.  The same will be done on the Sunday morning, giving an opportunity for a spectacular boating parade through the city.

For boaters who wish to play a part in the rally and parade, entry is free of charge, but you need to book.  Each boat that takes part in the parade will receive a commemorative plaque – and are requested to showcase and celebrate their crafts and the waterways in the most fun way possible!

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Event Dates

24th to 26th June 2022

Location

Birmingham

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Birmingham 2022 Festival Boat Parade

IWA is joining with Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS) and Canal & River Trust to organise a parade of boats to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in June 2022.

On Friday 24 June boats will gather at a rally organised by BCNS at Smethwick Locks in Galton Valley, the junction of two canals – the Old Main Line and New Line – where moorings will be available.  The historic sites of Smethwick Old Pumping Station (Bridge Street) and the New Pumping Station (shown in the photo) will be open for boaters during the Friday afternoon.  On Saturday 25th, boats will travel along to the city and form up between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port, before parading through the heart of the city to the Mailbox before returning to moor up for the night between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port.  The same will be done on the Sunday morning, giving an opportunity for a spectacular boating parade through the city.

For boaters who wish to play a part in the rally and parade, entry is free of charge, but you need to book.  Each boat that takes part in the parade will receive a commemorative plaque – and are requested to showcase and celebrate their crafts and the waterways in the most fun way possible!

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The event is open to private boaters, invited specialist services – and is open to artists, creatives and community groups to participate.

Contact

Barrie Johnson (BCNS) – barriejohnson07@gmail.com

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To join this spectacular parade complete the entry form by visiting https://bcnsociety.com/event/commonwealthgamescruise/

See the Press Release for more details

More details are available from the joint press release.

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Birmingham

F2XR+GH Smethwick, UK

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