Cochranites will be happy to know that another summer staple event is making a full comeback for 2021. The annual Labour Day Parade is a go!
Like all things in 2020, last year's event looked a little different. Instead of floats moving through the downtown core, it was a stationary event that took place in the parking lot of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.
Now, the Cochrane and Area Events Society (CAES) is back to planning a traditional Labour Day Parade for this year.
President of CAES, Erika Richards says that Cochranites can look forward to a fun-filled event with all the bells and whistles.
"We love to see everyone really well decorated," says Richards. "We've had horse-drawn carriages and we've had old farm trucks and we've had vehicles pulling flatbeds with all kinds of interesting displays on them, people marching and of course the Shriners with their tiny little cars and their tiny little bicycles."
This year's parade will have plenty of float entries inclusive of both roaming and stationary entertainment as well as buskers, food trucks and candy for the kids.
The Labour Day Parade is a long-standing tradition here in the Town of Cochrane and businesses can now register to participate in this year's event.
"We welcome all new businesses that want to come out if they want to put a float in and let themselves be known" explains Richards. "We're absolutely accepting floats still. You can go through our Facebook Page or our Website."
The parade route will run along Centre Avenue, Railway Street and First Street (Historical Main), and Richards says that unlike last year's event, four legged friends are welcome.
"We're welcoming horses and animals this year whereas last year with it being stationary we couldn't, so it's kind of a --bring everybody back!"
Cochrane's Labour Day Parade typically draws thousands of people, lining the streets of Cochrane to enjoy the festivities.
The Labour Day parade is happening on Monday, September 6, 2021. Richards says that there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. If you'd like to help with this year's event you can sign up here.