Let's do the time warp this Canada Day!
The theme for this year's July 1 parade here is “Fort Frances Since the Centennial,” and with it coming up in just over two weeks, the public is urged to put on their thinking caps.
Groups, businesses, families, and individuals can pick a decade that occurred since 1967 and create their float around that era.
“We all hear often of the excitement of the centennial year of 1967, and it's still alive in people's imagination and memory,” noted economic development consultant Tannis Drysdale of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., which once again is organizing the parade.
“And so we thought about celebrating the decades since Canada's centennial,” she remarked.
“For so many people, it feels like it was just yesterday that the country was turning 100 and now we're turning 150.”
Organizers would love for the public to recall their favourite Canada Day memories from the past 50 years and bring those to life on a float in this year's parade, said Drysdale.
Alternately, the float might represent a significant event that took place here in the past 50 years, such as when Muskie boys' hockey team captured the OFSAA gold medal on home ice back in 1989.
Of course, representing a previous era means parade participants can have a lot of fun wearing retro fashions and reliving past trends, such as the big hair of the 1980s.
The floats will be judged prior to the parade, with prizes awarded for first-, second-, and third-place.
Floats are permitted—and even encouraged—to give out candy to spectators lining the route, noted Drysdale.
Because Canada Day falls on a Saturday this year, the public can register their floats right up until the day before the parade (June 30).
To register a float, contact Natasha Gaudio at the RRFDC office (274-9621).
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on July 1, with the parade lineup for participants starting at 10 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina.
The parade will depart from the marina and will move along Front Street to Armit Avenue.
Then it will head north to Church Street, where it will turn west and end at the Legion.