Pirates and Princesses Gala

Story by Jim Zang

Winter 2022/23

Once upon a time, a couple of years ago, there was a local costume vendor who had too many princess costumes and called a friend, Mike Loughman, to see if he had any ideas of how they could use them.

Together, they decided to host a simple tea party for kids around Valentine’s Day. Since then, the event has grown into an annual kid’s gala event known as the Pirates and Princesses Gala and attended by about 250 people last time the event was held.

And, although it’s had to walk the plank the last couple of years due to COVID-19 restrictions, organizers are looking forward to a big rebound year as people get out and have some family fun.

Not only is it a great event for children to be able to get out, dress up and have a great time in a safe environment,” says city councillor Tina Petrow, a member of the organizing committee. “But it’s also a fundraiser for The Sober Friends Society, a local organization that promotes a sober life and helps people who are struggling with addiction, and Volunteer Airdrie.”

Children are encouraged to dress as pirates or princesses and will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts, take photos with their favourite Pirate and Princess characters and get prizes. There is face painting and glitter tattoos provided by Amandamazing Art, Delicious food and desserts from The Souper Lady, a magic show by Ryan Jade and a full stage show put together by Fuel Creative Events and Nose Creek Players. The kids will be entertained from start to finish… and will probably sleep well after it’s over.

The gala is Sunday, February 12, from 1-4 p.m. at the Town & Country Centre, with tickets priced at $20 for youth ages 3-17, $10 for adults and $5 for children under three years. That price includes all games, entertainment, food, and prizes. There will also be a 50/50 draw, raffle and silent auction.

All children must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian and each person must have a ticket.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at