Borderfest parade is back
– as long as permit granted
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.