Marion Bridge (community)

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Marion Bridge (community) is located in Nova Scotia
Marion Bridge (community)
Marion Bridge in Nova Scotia

Marion Bridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Mhira) (2001 pop.: 1711[1]) is a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River; Marion Bridge being approximately mid-way between the river's source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snow plow.

Marion Bridge was made famous through a popular song written by Allister MacGillivray. entitled Song for the Mira which contained the refrain:

Can you imagine a piece of the universe,
More fit for princes and kings?

I'll trade you ten of your cities for Marion Bridge,
And the pleasure it brings.

Mira Gala[edit]

Marion Bridge plays host to the Mira Gala, an annual festival held every summer, which lasts approximately 1-2 weeks between late June and early July.

Events held at the Mira Gala often include family square dances, a street parade, auctions, beef barbecues, music entertainment in the evenings, a canoe race, a bathtub race, dinner theatre, a strawberry social, an antique and custom car show, a flea market, roast beef dinner, hay rides, sports events, children's fun days and a boat parade along the waterfront.

References[edit]

  • Borggreen, Jørn (2012). Right to the Helm: Cape Breton Square Dances, third ed. Jyllinge, Denmark: The author. 

Coordinates: 45°58′48.18″N 60°12′46.91″W / 45.9800500°N 60.2130306°W / 45.9800500; -60.2130306