Thousands of people lined the streets under sunny skies Saturday afternoon to watch the annual Sylvan Lake 1913 Days parade, and they weren’t disappointed.
Youngsters scrambled for candy filling their bags full. Information was distributed about the Kraft Hockeyville Community Celebration coming in September while other businesses distributed coupons.
At least 42 floats and marching groups were registered with the town to participate in the event which stretched a long distance. Red Deer Royals Community Alumni Band and Red Deer Royals provided musical entertainment. MP Earl Dreeshen, MLA Kerry Towle, Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood and other dignitaries from Central Alberta communities joined in the celebration. A variety of mascots engaged the crowds.
After lining up on Hinshaw Drive, the parade headed to 47th Avenue, west to Centennial (50th) Street and the north to Lakeshore Drive before turning east to 46th Street and disbanding at the health unit.
The theme for this year’s parade was Cirque de Soleil.
Winners were (in first to third order):
Community organization – Sylvan Lake RCMP and Sylvan Lake & District Victim Services; The Royal Canadian Legion, Sylvan Lake Br. No. 212; and House of Music.
Best overall theme: Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival; Alfred Egli in costume with his 1927 Chevrolet Landau Sedan; and Sylvan Lake Municipal Library.
Best commercial float: Servus Credit Union; Town of Stettler; and Arashi-Do Martial Arts.
Judges commented, “Great job!”