by Dr. Jo-Anne Bell, 2017 Kemptville Rotary Club Canada Day Parade Chair
The Kemptville Rotary Club is busily organizing the Sesquicentennial Canada Day Parade for July 1 and we invite you to join us! Previously, we announced the parade theme for Canada’s 150th birthday: “Celebrating Canada – Memories are Made of This”.
We have received parade entry forms from many clubs, groups, and business but we are looking for more. We are hoping that parade entries will come from the various service groups, volunteer organizations, youth clubs, farms, businesses, hamlets, and inspired individuals; the more the merrier! Your entry can be a float, a trailer, a vehicle (old, new or simply funky), or on foot! If you wish to participate on roller skates, aboard a four-wheeler, riding a tractor, bicycle, or on horse-back, we want to see you in the Rotary Canada Day Parade! Everyone who created a fabulous decoy for the Rotary Duck Decoy Challenge are invited to come and “walk with your duck”!
There will be judges ready to award bragging rights to various parade entries. In addition, we are looking for the best costumes that you can create in one of two categories. Everyone who joins the parade either as an individual or as a group can compete to be the best dressed in “Red and White”, or your interpretation of “Memories are Made of This”. Let’s see what wonderful creations you can come up with!
The Rotary Canada Day parade will begin at 4 pm (rain or shine) from Campus Drive at the Kemptville College Campus and will make its way through town along Prescott Street, turn left on Clothier Street and end at Holy Cross Church. We encourage the residences and business along the route to decorate for the 150th Birthday Celebrations!
Parade forms are available online on the North Grenville municipal website, or can be picked up at the Municipal Offices. Registration is free! YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL 150th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN NORTH GRENVILLE.
We know that North Grenville is a wonderful place to live and hopefully this year’s theme will recall memories of past Canada Day fun. With your participation, the 2017 parade will create some awesome new memories and we guarantee you will have lots of FUN! Now is the time to be creative and let your imagination soar; we hope you will celebrate with us on July 1st 2017!