Downtown Red Deer was packed with people who lined the streets to watch the Westerner Days parade on Wednesday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Westerner Days parade cancelled, full details on modified event coming June 28

The 2021 edition of Westerner Days will look much different than any other that has come before it.

Westerner Park announced Friday that the Westerner Days Parade, a staple event to kick off the festivities, will not go ahead.

The parade typically welcomes 125 participants, over 30,000 people and 35 dedicated volunteers.

“This was a difficult decision as the parade is such an important part of our community’s culture. But, with the amount of planning and lead time required for an event like our parade, it just didn’t prove viable this year,” said Mike Olesen, chief executive officer at Westerner Park.

“Westerner Park thanks all of our parade volunteers and participants for their patience and understanding as we weighed our options. We’ll look forward to the future when the parade can be experienced safely and to the same quality level that Red Deer expects.”

Organizers did provide some good news Friday, with more details on the modified staging of Westerner Days expected to be announced on June 28.

They said with the province moving into Stage 3 of its reopening plan on July 1, it is a good sign for summer festivals and events.