Touted as one of the largest parades in British Columbia, there were floats from cities and towns around BC, Alberta and Washington State.
Participants included local, regional and national services such as the the fire department, police, conservation officers, military, and the City of Pention itself. Local royalty, including queens and princesses from Penticton, Kelowna, Oliver and Vernon, B.C. as well as Cashmere, Washington waved their royal waves as they passed by.
The flashiest and most ‘tricked out’ (read ‘self-propelled’) floats included Vernon’s lovely blue and silver royalty float, Spokane’s Lilac Festival “Here’s to the Heroes” tribute, and the Boogie Woogie Choo Choo from Deer Park.
Flash aside, my favorite entry was Warren the Weed Warrior (see the picture above) developed by Lisa Scott of the South Okanagan Invasive Plant Society for use in youth outreach programs.
The Blues Brothers entertained, the Shriners clowned around while clowns danced, and the girls cart-wheeled. Last but not least, the Poopinator diligently dug up the dirt behind the South Okanagan Horse Association.
All in all, an event not to be missed if you’re in town for Penticton’s Peachfest.