Festive, crazy hats on trend for city's centennial parade

All you need is a hat and your imagination to join the first-ever Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Making Extravaganza in Port Moody on Saturday.

Tied to the city's 100th year, the event is not only geared at getting ready for the upcoming centennial parade through Moody Centre but also to get people to visit the Port Moody Arts Centre, the first municipal hall.

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"This is about fun, fun, fun," said Rose Kapp, who's organizing the thought-provoking tea with fellow PMAC society board directors Marilyn Theobald and Fitnat Fahner.

For $5 per person or $15 for a family, participants of all ages can embellish their head gear - be it baseball caps, bonnets or top hats - with the materials supplied such as ribbons, netting, fabric roses, feathers and pipe cleaners, to name a few.

Artist Ilona Marshall will lead a workshop for those wanting to make a fascinator, the dainty hat brought back into fashion by Kate Middleton as she and Prince William toured Canada in the summer of 2011.

As well, volunteers will be on hand to guide hat makers through the process.

And it is hoped the crazy creations will be donned for the June 22 parade that starts at 11 a.m. at Rocky Point Park and winds to city hall.

Throughout the June 15 festivities at PMAC, Soko Tea will be pouring its hot beverages while Inno Bakery will have treats to taste.

Tickets for the Mad Hatter Tea Party are available by calling the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. John's St.) at 604-931-2008.


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