The camp and the battle will be held at the battlesite, which the
Frenchman's Creek Campground currently occupies.
Parking will be off-site. We are planning for 50,000 people to attend, so
we need a lot of parking space. Shuttle services will be available to
transport all re-enactors to the parking lots, to the parade marshalling
yard, to the fort and back and forth as need be.
Parade route starts at Surgar Bowl Park (Central & Gilmore). Down Gilmore
to the Niagara Blvd. South on the Blvd to Mathar Arch (reviewing stand)
and then on to the Fort. Actually about 1/2 km short of the fort to
permit a de-parade area for those who are going to the Tattoo later that
evening and for those wishing to return home. We will post the parade
route hopefully by this week-end on the website www.FortErie1812.com
For those who wish to call me, my cell is (289) 213-0873 daytime or (905)
871-7449 evening. Of course email < parade @ FortErie1812.com > is also
> Where exactly will the camp be located and where will the Sunday battle
> take place?
> Where will the re-enactors park and how will they get to the parade?
> What is the parade route?
> Otherwise, thank you for the other good information.
> Dave Westhouse,
> Grenadiers of the Royal Scots.
> --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "John Sek" <jsek@...> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> We are now finalizing our plans for the War of 1812 Grande Parade in Fort
> Erie on June 23, 2012 and the 200th anniversary for the Battle of
> Frenchman's Creek the following day.
> As we all know, the War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the `Forgotten
> War' where the general public is unaware of places such as Chrysler Farm
> and Chateageuy. Sadly for all veterans, Fort Erie which is the bloodiest
> battle site on Canadian soil, is virtually unknown. With the help of War
> of 1812 reenactors, this parade, this very Grande Parade and all other
> Bicentennial celebrations throughout Canada and the United States, we may
> be able to make places like Fort Erie, less forgotten.
> This is a Niagara Region 1812 Bicentennial "Signature Event". The parade
> will be the largest and only Bicentennial parade in North America. The
> event is international with bands, VIPs and veterans attending from
> Canada, Great Britain and the United States. 50 bands and a similar
> number in floats and marching units will be in attendance (approx. 4,000
> participating). Salutes and tributes will be received by the various
> bands and marching units in review by a rather significant cross-section
> of dignitaries, also from these 3 countries. Greetings and salutations
> are being received by communities across Canada and the United States in
> As a teaser, some of our VIPs
> General Rick Hillier
> Chief of Defence Staff 2005 - 2008
> Grande Parade Honourary Parade Marshall
> Brigadier Barry LeGrys
> British Defence Adviser to the British High Commissioner
> Royal Canadian Legion
> Dominion Command & Ontario Command
> Following the parade in the old Fort, a Tattoo will be held featuring the
> most distinguished bands from the parade ending with an "Historical"
> fireworks display.
> As a one time, never been done and will not be repeated ever again, will
> be a reenactment of the Battle of Frenchman's Creek held on the actual
> battle field site. The actual battle took place on November 28, 1812 as a
> follow up to the Battle of Queenston Heights by American forces to gain a
> foothold in Canada before the year was out. This was the last battle
> fought in Canada for that year and ended the year in a stalemate. As a
> side note to events in Europe, Napoleon began his retreat from Russia the
> following day.
> Encampment features:
> Camp is open for setup at on Friday, June 22nd.
> An 1812 encampment will be provided for the entire week-end
> All meals will be provided.
> Water and firewood supplied
> Entertainment for Saturday evening
> Powder bounty for cannon crews
> Full time security during the parade and night
> Off-site secure parking with shuttle service
> Modern camping is available
> Special discounts for reenactors at local motels/hotels (under
> negiotiation)for those who prefer this.
> **Transportation in horse drawn wagons is being arrange and will be made
> available in the parade for those due to their age, young or old, or for
> reasons of health are unable to march or walk the parade either in its
> entirety or in part. **
> Special features:
> Dedication Service at the National Historic Site of Canada monument
> Wreath laying by:
> Royal Canadian Legion Dominion and Ontario Command
> Other British, Canadian and US veteran associations
> VIPs (Canadian, US and UK dignitaries)
> Various MPs, MPPs, Congressman and Congresswomen
> Reenactment Groups representing Units who fought on this site.
> Review of the troops by dignitaries
> Reenactment battle.
> Advance registration for meals and other logistical requirements. A
> webpage at < www.FortErie1812.com > will be placed within the next week
> for this, however emails in response to this posting can be sent as well.
> Organization/units who can assist with helping us to prepare a special
> reception in a style appropriate to the period for our attending
> dignitaries prior to the Sunday reenactment are asked to contact me at(
> parade@... )to work out details.
> Units with Colour Parties, Honour Guards and Senior Officers are also
> asked to identify themselves. This is required for the parade, tattoo and
> the Dedication Service.
> Each unit will be identified/announce throughout the parade,therefore full
> proper name of unit is required.
> Artillery units are requested to participate in a gun salute required for
> some of our dignitaries. We need to know the number of guns that can be
> provided. All sizes welcome. Please note that gun crews will not be
> required to pull their guns in the parade unless otherwise requested by
> the unit. Salutes will precede the parade.
> Sutlers are welcome.
> Best regards to all,
> John Sek
> Parade Chairman