Drumheller businesses, organizations and parade goers are gearing up for the return of the highly anticipated Canada Day Parade after a two-year hiatus, and this year’s event is centred around the theme Uncover Wonder.
Much of the parade details will remain the same as they were in 2019 when it was last held, though participants are asked to hand out rather than toss candy from their floats for the safety of the audience.
“(Uncover Wonder) is an opportunity to celebrate everything Drumheller is,” says Canada Day parade committee member Barb Lubinski.
She adds this can be everything from the annual Canada Day celebrations to 4-H and other valley events or milestone celebrations, and also the diversity and array of things available for tourists and locals alike to see and do.
Drumheller Fire and EMS will lead the parade and, as in previous years, will be collecting donations for a muscular dystrophy charity. Floats can begin lining up at the staging area on Riverside Drive between 9 Street and 17 Street beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 1. The parade will then begin at 10 a.m. sharp and will make its way along Riverside Drive to 3 Avenue East; it will then turn south on 1 Street West, past the new triangle plaza, and continue east on Railway Avenue to 6 Avenue.
Ms. Lubinski notes, prior to the parade beginning, about 20 to 40 citizens along the route will be deputized with orange hi-vis vests to help ensure safety, and will have the authority to stop the parade if necessary. The committee has also requested the Drumheller RCMP, though they have not yet received confirmation whether they will be travelling the parade route walking in their red serge uniforms, riding their bikes, or in a vehicle.
Those interested in volunteering or entering a float in the parade can register online at https://drumhellerparade.org/index.html. Parade participants, including those entering livestock, are asked to bring proof of insurance, and anyone driving a float will also be asked to show a valid driver’s license.
Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail