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Parade attracts floats and spectators

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David Willberg

Shriners greeted spectators who lined the streets for the parade.

The SMILE Services Estevan Parade on September 6 attracted dozens of entries and hundreds of spectators this year.

Awards were handed out to judges' picks for the top entries in the parade. The Estevan Filipino Community was recognized for having the best entry of the parade, and for the best interpretation of the theme, which was "Celebrating our Multicultural Community." Members of the Filipino community travelled the parade route in several pick-up trucks, and several Filipinos provided drum music.

The Estevan Shriners were chosen for having the best comedy with their bikes, dune buggies and Shriners' Hospital ambulance. Souris Valley Paving had the best decorated horse-and-rider tandem with their eight-hitch wagon. And the Outram-Madigan 4-H Club took best out-of-town display for their float, which encouraged people to eat beef.

Many new entries were involved in the parade this year, according to SMILE Services, who organizes the parade each year.

The parade followed a similar route as in past years. It started at Westview School, made its way through southwest Estevan, and went through Estevan's downtown core on Fourth Street, which was where most spectators were waiting. It finished at the Souris Valley Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

SMILE Services noted that there was some confusion over the route this year, and the organization has apologized for the problem. Due to the ongoing construction on 13th Avenue, a new parade route was discussed, but then it was decided to retain the traditional streets and avenues.

 

 


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