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.

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