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Rotaryfest Parade to celebrate the century

The 97th annual Community Day Parade happens July 21
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Marchers with the Navy League Cadet Corps Newman at the 2017 Rotaryfest parade. Jeff Klassen/SooToday

The 97th Rotary Community Day Parade presented by Brookfield will make its way down Queen Street East on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This year’s theme is Celebration 100: Echoes Of The Century and Window Into The Future.

Local businesses, organizations, community groups, clubs, and special interest groups looking to get involved in one of Sault Ste. Marie’s longest standing traditions can download a parade package from the website or visit the Rotary office at 364 Queen St. E.

Parade Marshal David Marshall encourages the public to participate, “I’m very excited to commemorate Rotary’s 100th anniversary with a parade tribute to the celebration. We believe that the theme encompasses the past, present, and future. I look forward to seeing this year’s parade entries.”

There are prizes to be won in a number of categories, including Best Kinetic Sculpture sponsored by Brookfield which has a top prize of $250 and a commemorative plaque and photo. Kinetic sculptures are human-powered works of art such as backpack puppets, bicycle-powered structures, and push entries.

Not only are these entries “green”, but they are great for interacting with the crowd. The other categories are: Grand Prize Entry, Best Entry Depicting Theme, Best Corporate Entry, and Best Community Entry.

The parade lineup will begin on Queen Street East at the base of Churchill Boulevard. Entrants are asked to make sure they read instructions for lining up in the parade package.

Rotaryfest, The Sault’s Summer Festival will be taking place in Clergue Park July 19 to 21. Savour the lip-smackin' BBQ at Ribfest, boogie to continuous free entertainment on our two music stages, get hands-on and creative in the Tenaris PlayZone, fly through the air on the carnival rides, celebrate the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie’s 100th birthday, and so much more at Rotaryfest!