Westerner Days parade in Red Deer draws thousands to city’s centre

Event marks kickoff of annual fair and exposition

The annual Westerner Days parade on Wednesday morning drew huge crowds with some observers suggesting it was one of the largest attendances ever.

Float after float wound through the city’s downtown core for the 2017 rendition of the event that traditionally marks the commencement of the five-day Westerner Days Fair and Exposition.

Thousands of parade watchers lined up early to get a good viewing spot as parade participants began gathering at the marshalling area.

Westerner Days opens each day at noon and closes at midnight, except for Sunday when it closes at 10:30 p.m.

Last year more than 90,000 people attended Westerner Days.

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