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Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival return this weekend

Okotoks kicks off the season with the return of the Okotoks Parade and Children's festival happening on June 18.
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The Calgary Stampede float in the 2019 Okotoks Parade "Celebrating 50 Years." The Okotoks Parade is back this year on June 18. (Brent Calver/Western Wheel File Photo)

One of Okotoks' flagship events returns to the streets this weekend.

The Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival is set for Saturday, June 18, the parade starting at 11 a.m. downtown with over 70 entries, including one from the Town of Okotoks.

Janette Messer, the culture and heritage manager with the Town of Okotoks, said the theme of this year’s parade is #OkotoksStrongerTogether. 

“We used that because we felt that the community had worked together during COVID, and as part of that recovery as well. So we just felt that it was fitting. Okotoks is an amazing community that looks after itself and each other,” said Messer.

The parade was affected heavily due to COVID-19 over the past couple of years, but Messer said they were creative with their solutions and had some online options for people and engaged businesses to participate by setting up floats. 

“We haven’t closed roads in the summer since 2019," she said, "so it’s going to be a great festival.”

The parade route will start at Lineham Avenue, move south to South Railway Street to Riverside Drive and then north on Northridge Drive before heading east along Elizabeth, McRae and North Railway streets. The parade is expected to be roughly 90 minutes in duration.

Along with the parade, the Children’s Festival is making its return. The festival is taking place at the Arts & Learning Plaza and Park, located at 7 Riverside Dr., at 11:30 a.m. and will feature live entertainment along with face painting and balloon creationists.

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