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Can I have fireworks at my event?

Festivals and events that wish to program fire activities on City property (including fireworks, and fire show performers) must receive permission from the City of Edmonton to do so.

The event organizer will submit a description of the proposed project, and a safety plan for the proposed project to the Event Liaison.

The Event Liaison will review the proposal, and highlight any issues/concerns with the plan to the group.

If the group has addressed all of the Civic Events Office's concerns, the Event Liaison will contact Fire Rescue Services with the particulars of the proposed activity, stating that the event has the approval of the Civic Events Office. Fire Rescue Services will then assess the proposal, prior to issuing any required permits.

Can I hold a raffle, 50/50, auction, lottery, etc. at my event?

A raffle is a lottery scheme where someone is paying for the opportunity to win a prize.

A raffle consists of 3 elements:

  1. Consideration (payment)
  2. Chance
  3. A prize

If all these elements are present, a group must obtain a licence from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Can I have balloons at my event?

In order to reduce the environmental impacts of balloon releases into the atmosphere, the release of balloons at events hosted on City property (including parks, parkland, streets, etc.) is not permitted.


Can I have a sleigh ride at my event?

Yes, sleigh rides are permitted on streets and parkland.

Operators must have $2 million in liability insurance and be licensed as a business in the City.

Operators must obtain permission from the City in advance of the event.

When you fill out the Event Application, please include your plan for a sleigh ride as part of your event details.

For More Information

Civic Events Office

P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton AB  T5J 0K1



Fax 780-944-0042

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