Coal Dust Days parade looking for entries
Annual parade taking place Sunday at 6 p.m.
Organizers are hoping crowds not only come out to watch the Coal Dust Days parade this year, but take part in it as well.
Janette MacKinnon, a member of the parade committee, said a person does not need a big float to be in the parade.
“Parade entries can be as easy as a banner with people dressed up walking beside it, banners or posters on your vehicle, or as elaborate as a fully decorated float,” she said.
“If you have a furry friend that you want to participate in the parade, that’s great, dress them up, bring them, and let your imagination grow with enthusiasm.”
The parade is being held Sunday at 6 p.m. The deadline to register is today.
MacKinnon said clubs, organizers, businesses — everyone — is encouraged to get involved.
Participants are asked to line up at the KOC grounds at 5 p.m.
The parade route will include up King Street, across Emerald Street, down Mahon Street and onto Plummer Avenue and back to the KOC parking lot for the awards ceremony.
The Coal Dust Days parade committee recently met at Simple Pleasures Cafe in New Waterford to finalize plans for the parade.
The committee includes chair Tracy Wilson, Janette MacKinnon, Jim MacKinnon, Jennifer Heffernan, Dave Wilton, Lowell Cormier, Ronnie MacDonald, Jodi MacPherson, Norm Bergeron and Cathy Timmons.
MacKinnon said so far entries are up this year.
“Approximately 35-40 entries — besides the usual entries and antique cars — are ready to participate, with anticipation the parade will continue to grow for many years to come.”
She said people are encouraged to join in and make this parade exciting and fun.
To register, telephone Janette MacKinnon, 902-862-6474.
The public is also asked to note members of Hilary’s Dancers will be collecting donations for the food bank during the parade. Any donations of non-perishable items will be appreciated.