Border­fest pa­rade is back

– as long as per­mit granted

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Border­fest pa­rade is back on thanks to a large group of vol­un­teers who have stepped up to take on the huge task. “An­gela Leith from the Stanstead En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre asked Nick­o­las Wood, an­other em­ployee there, if he could or­ga­nize it and he said yes. He went right ahead and found twen- ty-one vol­un­teers,” ex­plained Marise Trepanier, re­cre­ation co­or­di­na­tor for the town of Stanstead. It takes an army of vol­un­teers to run the pa­rade: traf­fic di­rec­tors, an­nounc­ers, peo­ple to regis­ter the pa­rade par­tic­i­pants, etc. so a few more are still needed.

This com­pletely new pa­rade com­mit­tee has al­ready a few changes to an­nounce. Pa­rade ‘Cen­tral’ will be in front of the Manoir Stanstead in­stead of in front of the now closed White House. “It’s more ap­pro­pri­ate since the ac­tiv­i­ties have also moved to the grounds be­hind the Manoir Stanstead,” said Ms. Trepanier. An­drew Smith will be the an­nouncer of the pa­rade, bring­ing his own sound sys­tem for the job. An­other change will be the

al­low­ing of only ‘vin­tage’ cars, those twenty-five years or older and in very good con­di­tion, into the pa­rade.

There will also be a new bike dec­o­rat­ing con­test in the pa­rade with prizes from the Stanstead En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre to be won. It should also be noted that any­one rid­ing ei­ther an ATV or a motocross in the pa­rade will ab­so­lutely need to wear a hel­met at all times. That law will be en­forced.

“I met with Nick Wood and went over all the rules and laws, and warned him about the dif­fi­cul­ties we’ve had in the past,” said Ms. Trepanier who was in charge of the pa­rade for sev­eral years. “I think there will be a lot more floats in the pa­rade this year be­cause the com­mit­tee is call­ing peo­ple and en­cour­ag­ing them to be in the pa­rade. This com­mit­tee has a great en­ergy and lots of new ideas,” she added en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Ev­ery­one must now cross their fingers and hope that the per­mit from Trans­port Que­bec to close the roads ar­rives in time. “Nor­mally you must ap­ply sixty days in ad­vance for the per­mit but I phoned the depart­ment as soon as I heard there would be a pa­rade and they told me they would process my re­quest. We have a new pa­rade com­mit­tee but the per­mit was ap­plied for by the same or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion, that has ap­plied for it for years and the re­quest is for the same event, so I’m very hope­ful,” com­mented Marise.

Pres­i­dent of the Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion, AJ Bedard, hands over the pa­rade poster to the head of the new pa­rade or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, Nick­o­las Wood.

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