Superheroes to take over Hats Off Day this year

Don’t be surprised if you run into Batman and Superman on Hastings Street in June.

The Heights Merchants Association have announced this year’s Hats Off Day theme and it’s all about those caring, kind and downright awesome people we call superheroes.

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“Every year, we introduce a new theme to make the festival fresh and exciting. This year, we chose superheroes,” said Isabel Kolic, executive director of the Heights Merchants Association, in a press release. “It seems to be catching on quite quickly, and we’re expecting a lot of people in capes and tights to show up.”

Don’t have your own superhero costume and don’t have Peter Parker’s sewing skills? Grab yourself a superhero T-shirt and join in the fun, Kolic added.

The annual one-day festival attracts about 50,000 people to Burnaby Heights every June. The day kicks off with a parade down Hastings Street and includes music, street performers, kids’ activities, food, sweet treats and a show-and-shine, according to the release.

Business owners will also be out and about thanking customers and the community for their continued support.

Any non-profit groups wanting to participate in the parade can apply now. Applications for the non-profit community zone are also being accepted at this time. The deadline to apply is April 6. Go to http://hatsoffday.com for details.

This year’s festival is taking place on Saturday, June 1 on Hastings Street, between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue. It’s free to attend.

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