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Shriners plan fall festivities in Callander

Organizers pulling out all the stops for the Rameses Fall Ceremonial
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The Shriners are bringing their famous parade to Callander this October / File photo from Kate Adams

From Oct. 21 to 24, the Rorab Shrine Club is hosting the Rameses Fall Ceremonial, with most events occurring in Callander. That is the plan, pandemic pending.

Originally scheduled for this spring, the event had to be postponed. With vaccinations on the rise, Shriners anticipate October will be a safe time to host the event.

There are 33 clubs comprising the Rameses Shriners which bid to host the annual ceremonial. In 2017 the Rorab club, which is based in North Bay and has served the community since 1927, applied and were granted the event for 2021.

Over 650 Shriners were planning to attend the spring event, and over 500 hotel rooms had been booked, as was the Chief Commanda II, golf and fishing tournaments, a country music festival—all cancelled due to Covid-19.

Usually, the Fall Ceremonial is a one-day event held at the Rameses Temple in Toronto. But this year, the Fall event will be as grand as the Spring’s.

Essentially, the event is an annual convention for the Shriner’s, with most events members only.

However, there will be vendors throughout the weekend, and a parade with over 30 floats is scheduled for Saturday, October 23. All are welcome to attend.

See: BayToday Picture Play Gallery: Shriners Parade

About the Author: David Briggs

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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