River Clyde Pageant

Eight performances planned for seventh season

River Clyde performance [Robert Van Waarden]
River Clyde performance [Robert Van Waarden]

The River Clyde Pageant returns to the heart of New Glasgow, PEI this July and August for the seventh edition of its outdoor spectacle. The Pageant is created in collaboration with community members and artists from PEI and across North America, culminating in eight performances from July 27–30 and August 3–6.

This year’s Pageant is inspired by climate disruptions and the transformations that emerge from them, deep time, and the life of the forest above and below ground. There will be giant puppets, stilt walkers, music, dance, a parade and many stories coming together to create a magical theatre experience. The show begins with an outdoor procession arriving at a performance site in a field of wildflowers. Audiences will be seated amidst a set built from windfall and debris from Hurricane Fiona, designed by Ian McFarlane. 

Performances start at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday shows are followed by an outdoor meal prepared by Chef Emily Wells of The Mill in New Glasgow. 

Tickets for the 2023 production will be released in two phases, on July 4 at 10 am and July 5 at 7 pm on the Pageant website. Admission is by donation, and this year, to help cover rising costs of producing such a large-scale event, organizers are recommending a minimum donation of $25/person, though sliding-scale options are still available. Ticket donations help pay participating artists and community performers, and sustain the Pageant’s season programming through the year. 

Newsletter subscribers receive early access to the box office on ticket release days. Head to riverclydepageant.com to subscribe. Many volunteer opportunities are available for those looking to participate in the Pageant as ushers, parking and box office attendants, lantern and flag bearers, and more. Volunteers can sign up on the website.