Media Advisory/Photo Opportunities - The CNE Officially Kicks Off Today! Opening Day Parade, Ribbon Cutting, Special Unveiling and First Chance to See New Attractions

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     Ontario's favourite fair is finally here! The Opening Day
              Parade marches through the Princes' Gates lined with floats,
              marching bands, performers and acrobats - Grand Marshalled by
              the First Family, who are the lucky winners to be
              the first through the gates.

              When: 10 am    Where: Outside east end of Direct Energy Centre

                 -  Ribbon cutting by First Family: 10 am (Princes' Gates)
                 -  Parade procession down Princes' Boulevard
                 -  First Family joins Official Party on Ceremonies Stage:
                       -  CNEA President, Jim McMillen
                       -  CNE General Manager, David Bednar
                       -  Ontario Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Peter
                          Fonseca announces the fair officially open.
                 -  First Family pushes confetti rocket plunger to declare
                    opening of the CNE

    WHAT:     The official unveiling of the magnificent Quilt of Belonging,
              the largest collaborative work of textile art to be created on
              a national scale, will be presented following the parade. This
              120 ft long quilt is comprised of 263 blocks each telling
              stories of love, hope, peace, and is a lasting testimony to
              Canada's multicultural heritage and identity.

              When: 11 am    Where: Direct Energy Centre, Heritage Court


    Grand Illusion & Escape Artist Show - Featuring Kevin Ridgeway and
Kristen Johnson in a show brimming with dazzling special effects and
death-defying escapes, from the international award-winning stunt duo. Daily
4:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and 1:30 pm on weekends, Princes' Blvd. (North West
corner of Automotive Bldg).

    Hippike: A Gypsy Legend - This sensational Cirque-inspired show is
complete with daredevil aerialists, magnificent horses, costumes and music
showcasing the equestrian arts from trick riding stunts to the ballet of
dressage. Daily 2 & 7 pm, Ricoh Coliseum.

    Circus Orange in Jump Jet - Making its debut at the CNE, Circus Orange
takes flight in Jump Jet, a stunning outdoor high flying circus extravaganza
complete with pyrotechnics, acrobatics and circus theatre performances.
Nightly 9:45 pm, Newfoundland Drive beside Military display.

    Kim Mitchell - Toronto Star Bandshell, 8 pm.
    Wine Garden - South of Food Bulding, on west side, Noon - 10 pm.
    Ribfest - Bandshell Park, 11 am - 10 pm.

For further information:

For further information: CNE Media Office: Chris McDowall, (416)
263-3817,; Tran Nguyen, (416) 263-3823,;
Marcy Kuzemchak, (416) 263-3821,; Rhiannon Clifford,
(416) 263-3822,

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