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Popular parade a highlight of the summer

The 45th annual Diamond Valley parade is celebrating 100 years since gas was drilled in Turner Valley on June 7.

The parade features a variety of floats from Diamond Valley and beyond. 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 at 10 a.m. at the Oilfields High School parking lot, heads down 5th Ave SW to 2nd St. SW, turns onto 3rd Ave and up Highway 22 to the four-way stop. The parade will turn left 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 St. SE.

More details on the festivities will be posted on the town’s website at www.visitblackdiamond.ca

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