Leave it to Port Moody and Port Coquitlam to party hard but responsibly over the weekend as part of each city's centennial celebration. An estimated 5,000 residents descended on PoMo's Rocky Point Park on Saturday to take part in the community picnic and fireworks with local police reporting no serious incidents.
It was full of family fun and excitement, which in one councillor's view should become an annual affair.
"In my own personal opinion I would certainly like to see it return on an annual basis," said Coun. Gerry Nuttall, who chairs the centennial organizing committee, on the popular fireworks display.
"It was fabulous," he said. "People were talking about it the next day. They were talking about how spectacular the fireworks were and how they were the best they'd ever seen in Port Moody."
This was the first fireworks the city has hosted since rising policing costs forced them to end the Golden Spike/Canada Day fireworks years ago.
Nuttall said the park was a virtual alcohol-free zone with no major police incidents.
"There was no beer garden and I didn't see any indication of alcohol on the site," he said. "It was all families. Just groups of families and it was fabulous."
In Port Coquitlam the city was celebrating with a weekend-long centennial bash with bands, car shows, fireworks and family events.
The city's program coordinator, Sandra Battle, said at least 10,000 people were counted over the weekend, not including Sunday's car show.
"It met and exceeded our expectations," she said. "It was a good crowd, a happy crowd, there were no problems and no issues."
But will there be another one? "There's been a lot of positive feedback and I've heard from the public saying, 'Oh you're going to do it again, right?' But at this point I don't know."
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