What a parade it was!

Elks Honourary parade marshals were Alex and Connie McKee, driven in a horse and wagon by Gerard Caouette [not shown].
The High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo Parade was another outstanding success Aug. 1. The 30-minute parade featured a marching band, many classic cars and vehicles, floats and – of course – horses! All of the local politicians attended as well as the queens of rodeo from High Prairie, Grande Prairie and Miss Rodeo Canada herself, Ali Mullin. The High Prairie region certainly does itself proud with the huge parade it holds each year. Credit to the High Prairie Elks and all parade participants. Parade results were not available at press time.

It would be hard to match the western spirit shown by Emily Forget, part of the High Prairie Municipal Library’s summer reading program entry.
Louis the Lightning Bug poses beside a Canadian flag aboard ATCO Electric’s float. Louis never misses the parade to greet spectators and spread the message about safety around electricity.
High Prairie’s adopted son, clown Ricky Ticky Wanchuk, greeted spectators and invited them to the rodeo.
POPS Home Hardware used a Canada theme in its entry. Above, Sara Hopps wears a sesquicentennial T-shirt.
Instead of using a water gun, High Prairie Medical Clinic’s Dr. Pam Edwards made a needle to “soak” her victims.
Alberta Forest Service mascot Bertie the Beaver was one of several mascots to attend the parade.
Rupertlands Institute proudly displayed the Metis heritage. Left-right are Donna Evans, assistant manager from Peace River, and Michele McCullough, manager, from Grande Prairie.
The Lesser Slave Lake Watershed Council landed a huge fish and had it on full display during the parade. The council is the local “watchdog” to ensure that our water remains clean and safe.
The Sucker Creek Emergency Women’s Shelter took the opportunity to spread an important message. They provide an important and much-needed service in the region. Left-right are Amaris Willier and Kellan Willier.
Teresa Yanishewski promoted A-1 Western Wear Tack and Gifts aboard her trusty steed. She never misses a parade. People had a terrific chance to go to the store before the rodeo and take advantage of sale prices.

Nicolet Insurance celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with red and white decorations. Broker Patty Milner is on the driver’s side while driver manager Billiejean Lines [now shown] drives.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s [Alberta Forest Service] dazzling entry caught everyone’s eye, and included a watch tower and water bomber. Mascot Bertie the Beaver was on the ground and staff handed out candy.

TD Financial’s mascot made a rare appearance in High Prairie aboard their float. Named TD, his first appearance was June 6, 2010 in Philadelphia.
Ray Prevost drove Pleasantview Lodge’s entry, and added a bit of humour also. Residents rode in the wagon being pulled.
Ray Prevost drove Pleasantview Lodge’s entry, and added a bit of humour also. Residents rode in the wagon being pulled.
The Royal Bank of Canada’s mascot, Leo the Lion, was giving out hugs to children along the parade route. No free samples, however!

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