Stratford Cancels Parade of Swans on March 30

    STRATFORD, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - For the first time in living memory,
Stratford Ontario announces the cancellation of the annual spring release of
the Swans scheduled to take place on March 30th at 2:00 pm.
    As a result of an abnormally harsh winter, large areas of heavy ice and
snow remain on the Avon River blocking the free-flow of water. Swans require
open water for a healthy habitat without which their spring nesting may be
compromised. Therefore, to protect the swans, the planned ceremonial release
on March 30th will not take place.
    The swans will be released as soon as the conditions on the Avon River
improve and the health of the swans can be assured.
    The public soirees held by The Stratford Summer Music in a number of
restaurants featuring with performances by musical artists from The Glenn
Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music will continue. As will the
Stratford Shakespeare Festival's opening of the Costume Warehouse on Saturday,
March 29th and the special exhibition of design maquettes for its upcoming
2008 season from Cabaret to Hamlet.

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Rehberg, The Stratford Tourism Alliance,
- tel. 1-800-561-SWAN or at; For complete
information about the Swanning in Stratford festivities please visit featuring a video clip of the swan parade

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