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July 7, 2016 12:00 AM

The Colonial Days parade is back July 13 and starts at 10 a.m. at the Exhibition Grounds and will end at the Centennial Civic Centre.

There’s no better way to kick off a fair than with a parade and since time immemorial Colonial Days has done just that.
This year people can grab a spot on the route on July 13, with the parade starting at 10 a.m. at the Exhibition Grounds and ending near the Centennial Civic Centre.
“We always have lots of wonderful floats in the parade, it’s great,” said Tess Wack, marketing specialist for the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
“We have everything from horses to bands to big trucks, so there’s lots of fun and neat things to see, as well as all the candy and fun stuff that everybody loves about the parade.”
The theme this time around is Only at the Fair, so people are encouraged to deck their floats out with decorations that represent their favourite aspects of Colonial Days.
Wack said she’s excited to see what people come up with and how the different floats will bring the theme across, suggesting things like different rides, fair food, or various fair entertainment could be used as ideas for decorations.
Upwards of 150 floats are expected to take to the streets this year, so parade goers needn’t worry about the variety of different things to take in while watching.
“It’s always cool to see the fire truck, that’s a neat one, and also there’s a monster truck coming in the parade this year for Brown’s Industrial Sales and Monsters and Mayhem Show, so that’ll be really cool,” Wack said.
“And the marching band is always everybody’s favourite—I believe it is the Saskatoon Shrine Drum and Bugle band.”
Then there’ll be the parade staples that people enjoy every year, like the free treats handed out to the children by some of the marchers along the route. “The kids always love it; it’s always fun having them show you everything they got while watching the parade,” said Wack.
“It’s definitely a great way to kick off Colonial Days.”

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