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Still time left to join Canada Day parade

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With Canada Day and local Fun in the Sun celebrations less than a week away, organizers of the annual Canada Day parade here are still welcoming participants with open arms.

The event, put on by the Rainy River Future Development Corporation, will again take to the streets on Monday morning, and RRFDC tourism and events co-ordinator Emma Dykstra said there's still time to be a part of the celebrations.

“There is no deadline,” Dykstra said.

“If they wish to show up the day of with a float and participate, that's fine. They would just have to talk to a staff member on site before they get themselves in the line-up. It would be lovely if they registered if they want to, but no, there is no deadline.”

Dykstra noted that this year's theme is “True North Strong and Free,” and it might have a little bit of interplay with another big Canadian celebration from this year.

“People who are decorating or choosing to participate can interpret [the theme] however they want,” Dykstra said.

“It's kind of also piggybacking off of 'We The North,' after the Raptors won the NBA championship, so we're kind of just grabbing a hold of that too, if people want to use that to inspire themselves. But honestly, it's up to participants how they want to interpret that.”

The parade will follow the same route it has in the last few years, starting at the Sorting Gap Marina before heading up Front Street, turning north onto Armit Avenue, and then taking Church Street west to the end point at the Royal Canadian Legion.

And as for how the parade is shaping up?

“We sent out a lot of invitations, and a lot of people just show up,” Dykstra said.

“We do appreciate when people RSVP, but right now we've got a solid number of people. We're going to have a decent parade.”

Dykstra encourages everyone to come out and support the parade, and if interested in taking part with a float or just by walking, to be at the Sorting Gap before the parade begins.

“The parade officially begins at 11 a.m.,” Dykstra explained.

“We're asking all participants, whether they're planning on putting in a float, or biking or walking along, if they could show up between 9:30 and 10 a.m.”

To register a float, please contact the RRFDC at 274-9621 or email Dykstra at emmadykstra@gmail.com.

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