The tiny community of Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia, made famous through
a popular song, celebrates summer every year during Mira Gala, A
Marion Bridge Festival.
Allister MacGillvray's often recorded anthem to the simple pleasures of
rural life - "Out On The Mira" - has put Marion Bridge- (I'll trade you
ten of your cities for Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings")-
into the international spotlight.
In spite of all the publicity, Marion Bridge remains a quiet,
unassuming community, and the Mira Gala remains a single,
country-flavored festival that welcomes fomer residents and tourists
alike to enjoy the concerts, dances and pageants of the two-week
This year's Mira Gala (June 30-July 10) starts Thursday evening with
a family square dance at the Marion Bridge Recreation Centre.
On July 1, Canada Day, there's a street parade in the morning,
auction and beef barbecue in the afternoon, and music entertainment
in the evening.
Other events during Mira Gala include canoe race, bathtub race,
dinner theatre, Cape Breton music, strawberry social, antique and
custom car show, flea market, roast beef dinner, hay rides, sports
events, children's fun days and a Parade of Sail.
Marion Bridge (pop: about 400) is located at the half-way point along
the Mira River on Route 327.