Chamber taking on parade

Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has stepped forward to help put on Canada Day celebrations and will organize the July 1st parade.
Chamber manager Anthony Mason said he had been thinking about helping out the “Fun in the Sun” committee by taking on the event, but felt he wasn’t able to do it alone.
But with Chamber summer student Sarah Hallikas now on board as of Tuesday, Mason decided the Chamber should helm the parade.
“So [yesterday] morning, I called up Sandra Allan and Randy Thoms, and said, ‘This is what we want to do. Let’s get her done,’” he remarked.
The parade will run along Front Street, with one change this year being the 5 p.m. start time.
This is so it will not conflict with the NCDS Dragon Boat races, which will take place on the upper river from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Chamber is now accepting registrations for parade floats. The theme is Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
“People can call us up. Let’s fill this parade up and make it the best one ever,” said Mason, noting there will be prizes for the best floats.
He also would like floats to include music to make the parade as lively as possible.
As well, the Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with the parade. The town will supply barricades but the Chamber will need volunteers to man them.
As always, high school students looking to earn volunteer hours needed to graduate are encouraged to lend a hand.
“If anyone’s interested in helping out, phone the Chamber and I won’t say no,” said Mason.
To register a float or volunteer, call the Chamber office at 274-5773.