A great team effort from city staff helped Fort Saskatchewan earn top honours at the 2018 K-Days parade.
Judges were impressed enough with the city’s entry in last Friday’s (Jul.20) morning parade to award it best municipal float.
This is the first year Fort Saskatchewan has taken part in the annual K-Days kickoff event, getting a new chance to share some well-known local features with a bigger audience. Staff made a few changes to the city’s Canada Day float—outfitted with an inflatable replica water tower and some inflatable sheep--to get it ready for its Edmonton debut.
“We usually have the mayor on top of the pickup truck in the Canada Day parade,” said Leo Urrutia, corporate marketing officer with the city. “In K-Days we had our replica of Jarvis.”
Northwest Mounted Police inspector W.D. Jarvis founded Fort Saskatchewan back in 1875.
"That made the float quite big even for a parade such as K-days. So it was a very formidable entry that we had," Urrutia said.
The float also played some music for the crowd, getting parade watchers dancing and waving.
“It was very lively,” Urrutia added.
Staff from a number of city departments pitched in on the float project. Roads crew staff got behind the wheel of the float and city mechanics provided storage space. Custodial services moved the float from one facility to another and other staff helped get the necessary insurance.
Friday morning a panel of judges moved through the parade assembly area deliberating over the entries.
"As we were driving through one of the organizers approached us,” Urrutia said. “'Congratulations. You won. And she gave us the award. So it's quite sweet."