Mavrick Janas is dressed to drive Harvey Kuzyk’s 1943 John Deere tractor in the parade. It took Kuzyk 10 years to rebuild the tractor, mainly he says because it was difficult to find parts.

Riverboat Days parade full of colourful characters and floats

And judges name the top three in several categories.

The creators of the floats in the Riverboat Days parade not only have the fun of making something to show off to spectators but also the chance to be named one of the top three.

After the parade, the judges chose the top three floats in a variety of categories.

The winners are asked to come by the Legion to pick up their cash prizes.

The overall best float was Citywest.

Skeena Diversity won the Non-Commercial category, with the Totem Saddle Club in second place and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #13 in third place.

Pacific Northern Gas won the Commercial category followed by Capit in second and McElhanney in third place.

Art in Motion won the Dance Groups and Bands category with the Gitwinksilhkw Brass Band in second and Free Elements Dance in third.

The Filipino Association won the Groups category, in second was the BC Seniors Games and in third place was Peaks Gymnastics.

 

Thornhill fire chief Rick Boehm with the department’s new ladder truck.

Kathy Legault and her nieces Lyla and Lexi Kilcullin show off the very colourful Creative Zone car.

Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) goes camping with its float and Eileen Lefrancois, Sandra Hoffman, Marlee Hoffman and Alaina Hoffman. PNG won first place in the Commercial float category.

Athletes from the BC Seniors Games, now the 55+ BC Games, relax before the parade. From right to left they are Norma MacDonald, Lynne Apolczer, Jean Thomson and Anita Desnoyers.

The BC Seniors Games float, now the 55+ BC Games, acknowledges one of its longtime athletes Maxine Smallwood, who has won a number of medals in track and field over the years. The float took second place in the Groups category.

McElhanney shows off its younger side for its 50th anniversary in the community this year. From right, the young ones are Marla Ireland, Hayden McCreery, Morgan Ireland, Sadie McCreery and Maddie Ireland. Kate Dillon is behind wearing the hat. McElhanney won third place in the Commercial category for its float.

Future McElhanney employees Owen and Calin Houston are already dressed for the job. McElhanney won third place in the Commercial category for its float.

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