/R E P E A T -- Stratford Launches Spring in Ontario with Parade of Swans/

    STRATFORD, ON, March 19 /CNW/ - Stratford Ontario announces the annual
spring release of the Swans will take place on March 30th at 2:00 pm. This
year the celebrations will expand to a weekend of musical concerts for the
Stratford Summer Music; a sneak peek of stage designs for the 2008 Stratford
Shakespeare Festival season and the pageantry of Scottish pipe bands, the
Stratford Civic Orchestra and over 25 swans prancing from their winter
quarters to the Avon River.
    Every year, swans herald the arrival of spring in Ontario and this year
the community will offer visitors a weekend of special events and exhibits.
Stratford Summer Music will hold public soirees in a number of Stratford's
renowned restaurants featuring performances by musical artists from The Glenn
Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stratford Shakespeare
Festival will open its Costume Warehouse for tours and present a special
exhibition of design maquettes for its upcoming 2008 season from Cabaret to
    The high point of the weekend will be an expanded swan parade on Sunday.
Heralded by horns and trumpets and proclaimed by the Mayor of Stratford and
led by children and pipers, the swans will be released to the Avon River. The
afternoon will culminate with an open-air concert by the Stratford Civic
Orchestra to serenade the swans and the public (weather permitting).
    The soirees and exhibitions will begin on Saturday, March 29th with the
release of the swans taking place at 2:00pm sharp on Sunday, March 30th.

    For a video clip of the swan parade visit
www.welcometostratford.com/events.php. Starting March 06th visit our special
swan website at www.welcometostratford.com/swans.

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Rehberg, The Stratford Tourism Alliance -
tel. 1-800-561-SWAN or at crehberg@welcometostratford.com; Helen Lovekin,
Media Relations Coordinator, North America, Ontario Tourism Marketing
Partnership Corporation, tel: (416) 314-7555, helen.lovekin@ontario.ca

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