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Parade celebrates community

OK - ParadeThe annual Spirit of Okotoks Weekend Parade Day on June 18 is a highlight in Okotoks and this year’s theme is “Okotoks rocks” as a tribute to what makes Okotoks great.

Mark Doherty, Okotoks event co-ordinator, said the theme represents many facets of life in Okotoks.

“It ties into where we derive our name, it’s a cool town, and we have the Grand Slam of Curling this year as well.”

Crowds of thousands line the Olde Towne Okotoks streets for the annual favourite event.

Organized by the Town of Okotoks, the parade features colourful floats, antique cars, bands, clowns, horseback riders and bicycles travelling down the town’s main street from the business park to the downtown core.

Start the day off right with a pancake breakfast in the Sears parking lot on McRae Street in downtown Okotoks, hosted by the Okotoks Lions Club in conjunction with the town, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Then get your lawn chair set up for the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 and usually lasts one hour.

It pays to show up early to get a spot along the sidewalk to watch the parade, space fills up quickly.

The Children’s Festival gets underway right after the parade at Ethel Tucker Centennial Park, featuring great family entertainment.

To learn more call the Town of Okotoks 403-938-8950.

Caption: The Spirit of Okotoks parade rolls through downtown Okotoks on June 18. The theme for this year’s event is Okotoks rocks.


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