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Saddle up for the Little Britches Parade and Rodeo

BY PAULINE ZULUETA/HIGH RIVER TIMES POSTMEDIA NETWORK. The Calgary Regional Trail Riders travelled down to High River to appear in the 2015 Little Britches Parade on May 15 held in downtown High River.

BY PAULINE ZULUETA/HIGH RIVER TIMES POSTMEDIA NETWORK. The Calgary Regional Trail Riders travelled down to High River to appear in the 2015 Little Britches Parade on May 15 held in downtown High River.

STORY BY KELCI NICODEMUS

The 58th annual Little Britches weekend brings residents, rain or shine, from near and far to enjoy the various events planned, including the always popular Little Britches Rodeo.

Hank Leeferink, who organizes the Little Britches Parade, said the event always shows community support within the town of High River.

Previously, events occurred on Monday of the May long weekend. However, this year, to ensure the weekend is packed full of events, the parade will occur on Saturday, May 21 with the rodeo to follow and continue on Sunday, May 22.

Several returning activities have already been planned, Leeferink noted.

This year the parade theme is “A Salute to Shriners” with Al Azhar Illustrious Potentate Sir Byron Nelson, member of the Al Azhar Mounted Horse Patrol, as the Parade Marshall. Leeferink explained the Shriners have always participated in the parades. It is important the Shriners know they are appreciated for their hard work,
he added.

Also, the #187 Foothills Royal Canadian Air Cadets will be the Colour Guard and plans are in the works to ask members of the PeeWee A Foothills Flyers to carry the parade banner.

Activities, such as the River of Music festival, Taste of High River and beef on a bun, courtesy of the Highwood Lions Club, are returning for the weekend. River of Music will showcase the talents of local musicians, while the Taste of High River will allow residents to enjoy food from around the world.

Battle of the Bands is planned for Saturday, Leeferink explained. They will be stationed near the Rotary International Stage within George Lane Memorial Park.

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