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 to go ahead

Parade was at a risk of being cancelled earlier this month

The Westerner Days Parade will go ahead this year after some concerns.

The event was originally at risk of being cancelled due to a lack of entries before businesses and organizations responded in a big way. The parade will go ahead on Wednesday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m.

“This is an example of what makes Central Alberta an incredible community,” said Mike Olesen, CEO of Westerner Park.

“The annual parade is organized by local leaders and Westerner Park staff and volunteers, but it is really an event put on for all area residents and businesses to participate in this summer celebration. We thank the local organizations and businesses who have again demonstrated their spirit of commitment, cooperation, and support of community initiatives.”

Parade spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the 70+ entries, ranging from classic cars, floats, decorated vehicles, and community groups. Several local businesses have also communicated a willingness to host an offsite event, such as a pancake breakfast and barbeque.