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Popular parade a highlight of the summer

The 46th annual Diamond Valley parade is offering “A Salute to the Canadian Forces” in honour of the region’s military men and women on June 6.

With a strong Royal Canadian Legion in Turner Valley, the fact that two members of Black Diamond Town Council served in the military and a strong support by the military in the region, the parade is a tribute to the men and women for everything they sacrificed for their country.

The parade features a variety of floats from across the foothills. Participating communities include Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview, High River, Okotoks and Calgary – with an entry by the Calgary Stampede.

In addition to floats, horseback riders and an array of vehicles, the parade will showcase eight different marching bands.

More than 4,000 people line the streets of Black Diamond for this hour and a half event.

The parade begins just before 10 a.m. at the Oilfields High School parking lot, heads down 5th Avenue SW to 2nd Street SW, turns onto 3rd Avenue and up Highway 22 to the four-way stop. The parade will turn west onto Highway 7 and make its way through downtown and then left onto 5th Street.

Spectators can enjoy a pancake breakfast in front of Oilfields Regional Arena on 3rd Street SE.

More details on the festivities will be posted at www.visitblackdiamond.ca

Caption: The 46th annual Diamond Valley Parade will wind its way through the Town of Black Diamond on June 6.

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