Royals bring splash of color to parade

The Red Deer Royals will add a brilliant splash of color, their wonderful musical talent and a general feeling of excitement

The Red Deer Royals will add a brilliant splash of color, their wonderful musical talent and a general feeling of excitement to the Rimbey parade this year as in the past.

Tanya Mercredi, administrative assistant for Rimbey recreation department, said plans for this year’s parade are coming together well.

“We will have the Royals. They love coming to Rimbey and we love to have them,” she said. “Also this year we were approached by the Red Deer Adult Marching Band, so we will have them as well.”

Mercredi said there is no entry fee or registration required to take part in the parade July 13.

Participants are asked to be at the high school field before 10:30 a.m. and the parade will leave the gates at 11 a.m.

This year, as in the past, vintage trucks from the Smithson Truck Museum will be used to transport dignitaries along the parade route.

Candy will be thrown out along the parade route but Mercredi cautions parents to ensure their children don’t run out in front of moving vehicles or animals to collect their treats.

“We want to keep throwing candy but it is becoming increasingly more difficult.”

Volunteers for the parade are always welcome, said Mercredi. Anyone who  wishes to help out with annual fun event may contact the Rimbey recreation department at 843-3151.

The Beatty House Society will be busy on parade day, serving its usual fare of hotdogs, smokies and all the delicious fixings. The Beatty House grounds are a delightful place to enjoy this fare, served following the parade.

During parade day only, the Rimbey Farmers’ Market will be held at the Servus Credit Union parking lot.

Some businesses will participate in a sidewalk sale throughout the day.

Chamber of Commerce president Jackie Stratton said ongoing activities uptown will create a busy, exciting atmosphere.

“We want to create a buzz uptown,” she said.