By David F. Rooney
Just in case you missed Revelstoke’s great Canada Day parade and National Birthday Party at Queen Elizabeth Park
The Current is pleased to help you enjoy them vicariously through our In Pictures photo feature and, at the very end, a parade video.
All decked out in their finest red serge uniforms, Canada’s finest led the parade. David F. Rooney photo Mayor David Raven waves to the crowd as Peter Bernacki chauffeurs him along Mackenzie Avenue. David F. Rooney photo Linda Chell, this year’;s Citizen of the Year, waves to the crowd. Linda is a well-known and very active promoter of community programs and activities. David F. Rooney photo The Shriners in their mimi cars are always a hoot. David F. Rooney photo Parks Canada’s giant beaver was a hit with the crowd. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Mount Revelstoke National park. David F. Rooney photo Malcolm and Debbie Bott’s float for Universal Footwear was pretty amusing. David F. Rooney photo The Aquaducks, fresh from their annual meet at the Aquatic Centre, were out in force (top). And they even brought their duck (bottom)! David F. Rooney photo Skytrek guides marched in the parade, too. David F. Rooney photo These guys provided some very welcome music to the parade. David F. Rooney photo The Multicultural Society members carried flags denoting the many nations whose people have come here. multiculturalism is one of the true hallmarks of Canada’s success as a modern society. David F. Rooney photo Even the library had a few representatives in the parade! David F. Rooney photo Smokey the Bear gets a high 5 from a young onlooker. David F. Rooney photo Cooper’s staff not only had a float but they handed out cold bottles of water to members of the crowd. It was a very hot day with temperatures hovering around 30° Celsius. David F. Rooney photo Even members of the Gideons were on hand to promote their new Bible app and to hand out Bibles. David F. Rooney photo These young and athletic-looking young ladies from Trans Canada Fitness used the parade to keep in shape. David F. Rooney photo Down at Queen Elizabeth Park Calgary’s Rocky Mountain Concert Band provided Canada Day celebrants with a very impressive concert. David F. Rooney photo Of course, there was lots of food and plenty of things to drink. David F. Rooney photo If you wanted a snack instead of something more substantial the Credit Union had its famous popcorn on hand to satisfy your desire. David F. Rooney photo MC Suzanne Grieve presided over the official portion of the Party in the Park. David F. Rooney photo Revelstoke’s Mounties enjoyed the cool shade in the park. David F. Rooney photo Mayor David Raven addresses the crowd, reminding them that Canada is successful because of all the ordinary, hard-working people whose community-mindedness makes this a great place to live. David F. Rooney photo Citizen of the Year Linda Chell talked about the way community is built and maintained in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo Cathy English continued the community theme by pointing out that Revelstoke was built by ordinary people who did remarkable things. David F. Rooney photo the traditional flag-raising ceremony started off all right but… David F. Rooney photo … the flag pole’s cord was so badly twisted, possibly by the numerous kids who played with the cords again and again before the flag-raising ceremony, that the Maple Leaf banner could not be raised without… David F. Rooney photo … some assistance from Grant Leiterman and Mayor Raven. David F. Rooney photo But at long last the flag was raised. David F. Rooney photo Canada Day cake queens Josee Zimanyi with her sister, Andrea Cochrane, and Lisa Moore. Wasn’t that a terrific cake? Suzanne Grieve photo Mayor Raven hands a piece of the the national birthday cake to a very young girl. This gorgeous piece of bakery art came form the Modern Cafe & Bakery. David F. Rooney photo If you were young and wanted something different you could even tie-dye a T-shirt or towel or even your pants. David F. Rooney photo Ethan Schroeder gets a tattoo from Michelle Cole at the Parks Canada tent. David F. Rooney photo There were games for adults. Bocce anyone? David F. Rooney photo Hot weather for kids almost always means access to a pool and foamies. These young guys and gals has a great time staying cool! David F. Rooney photo And then there was a dunk tank… need we say more? David F. Rooney photo For kids who wanted to stay dry there were traditional games like a potato-sack race and a three-legged race that ended in peals of laughter. David F. Rooney photo