HYACK FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
The Hyack Festival Association has been enriching the hearts of its surrounding community since 1971. Aiming to inspire, unite and excite the community, Hyack strives to celebrate the fusion of cultures and personalities that embody New Westminster.
“To provide New Westminster the opportunity to celebrate its history and its future through community partnerships, the education & mentorship of youth, and the organization of world-class parades, festivals, and events that benefit its residents.”
We embrace the opportunity to ignite the spirit of community in all of our citizens.
WHAT WE DO
At the Hyack Festival Association, we produce community festivals and events with one overall goal in mind:
To bring our community together to strengthen the ties that bind us.
To encourage us to foster the things that we share in common rather than dividing us with the things that make us different. This is what drives our volunteer-run organization to celebrate the rich cultural and diverse heritage of New Westminster and her citizens.
Formed in 1971 by Mayor Muni Evers, the Hyack Festival Association works to achieve the common goal that he bestowed upon us to produce uplifting events to enhance and enliven the quality of life for both the citizens of New Westminster and visitors to BC.
Throughout the year, we organize and sponsor a full calendar of events and projects that generate community spirit including:
The Hyack International Parade & Festival
The New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program
The NWFHG Hospitality Weekend
The Royal City Show & Shine Car Show
...and many more
The mental health benefits of coming together in joy and celebration with one another is often overlooked and underrated, both as individuals and as a society in general.
BOTH NEAR AND FAR
In addition to local New West residents, the Hyack Festival Association prides itself on the many relationships we have formed with businesses, community and charitable organizations, arts groups, and other key community stakeholders.
BUT WE DON'T STOP THERE.
Although we work hard to promote New Westminster throughout the Lower Mainland, as an active member of the Northwest Festival Hosting Group, we have also made our mark throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, by representing New Westminster (and Canada) at many other parades and festivals throughout BC, Washington and Oregon. Our award-winning Float is accompanied by many Hyack members and our New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors who create fellowship by traveling to these out of town festivals. And these incredible festivals reciprocate by travelling to New Westminster when we hold our annual International Hyack Parade & Festival. The relationships we have formed with our cross-border friends have been some of the most cherished bonds that keep us united with our neighbours in the USA.
We are all connected!