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Preparations underway for Shine Bright Mission event

Light displays were erected on First Avenue on Tuesday ahead of the March 3 event

Mission Public Works crews installed 16 custom lights on streetlamps along First Avenue on Tuesday (Feb. 21), but residents will have to wait until the festivities of the Shine Bright Mission event on March 3 to see them sparkle.

“Our days are getting longer and the sun is starting to show itself once again, so we are all eager to get out and experience all that Mission has to offer,” said Mayor Paul Horn.

“This year we will celebrate our community through Shine Bright, an event that will highlight Mission’s warmth, light, neighbourliness, and to thank first responders for their tireless work during COVID-19. Join us on Friday, March 3 in celebrating our beautiful and welcoming home.”

The four-foot custom light displays represent different aspects of Mission including the heritage, special locations, and characteristics of what makes the community unique. The designs were created in consultation with community groups. Some of these light designs include representations of mountains, Mission Raceway Park, the railway bridge, local First Nations, and the Sikh temple.

Event goers can enjoy the search as they look up at the lights and find the connection to the city. For this, a self-guided walking map will be available on the night of the event at the Tourism Mission booth and online.

Forty-eight school-aged children, including many who attend Club Kids, entered the children’s light design contest and all these wonderful ideas will be on display at Gallery 202 for the event. Any children who participated will be able to pop in and get a postcard of their artwork.

The lights are simple rope designs to align with the historic downtown ambiance.

About Shine Bright Mission

Shine Bright Mission is a community event set for the evening of Friday, March 3 in downtown Mission.

Made possible through a grant from the Federal government via The Commemorate Canada – Reopening Fund, Shine Bright Mission encourages residents to gather in recognition and celebration of the frontline heroes that made our COVID-19 response possible and to support local business after then hardship of the pandemic

Shine Bright Mission is being organized by the partners in the I Love Mission campaign, a community-based project launched in spring 2020 that was focused on coming together as neighbours to support local businesses during the challenges of the pandemic.

The event will feature a first responders vehicle display, local performances, free activities, light activations, music, ceremonies, late-night shopping, a night market, community booths with children’s activities, lantern making, a red-carpet photo op and opportunities to support Mission-based businesses.

This is a rain or shine event, however if an extreme weather event occurs the event will move to March 31, 2023.


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Dillon White

About the Author: Dillon White

I joined the Mission Record in November of 2022 after moving to B.C. from Nova Scotia earlier in the year.
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