The Collingwood Elvis Festival will be a bit different this year. During a recent budget meeting, staff updated Collingwood council on the plans for the upcoming festival.
One of the biggest changes is the cancellation of the classic car parade, which in the past has taken place on Saturday morning with Elvis tribute artists riding in the classic cars along Hurontario Street. Simcoe.com quotes Dean Collver, director of parks, recreation and culture, who said that the decision was part of a plan to streamline the festival and mitigate risks: “In order to manage the risk, we needed to downsize the moving parts of the festival.”
The festival will also be reduced from six days to three, and from four stages to two. The festival stage on Hurontario Street will be located between First and Second Streets. Collver also told Simcoe.com that the new layout allows for easier access for emergency services to respond to an incident: “There are actually pedestrian corridors outside the sidewalk […] This should have a public safety effect.” The Eddie Bush Memorial Arena will host the headliner shows and the grand finals of the festival.