LETHBRIDGE: The parade that kicks off Whoop-Up Days was once again a big success, and came in as one of the largest ever for our city with over 150 entries.
Country 95 News spoke to a number of people who made it out to the annual event, and while a majority said it was one of the better Whoop-Up Days parades that they've seen, everyone noted one issue that stood out.
That concern focussed on a significant number of vehicles with little to no decorations. One woman acknowledged that it even made them call it a day early, "There was too many, we left early actually because it was too hot and there were too many cars," while another had a similar comment, "I can tell you that we kind of left, because once we got to where there were all those cars, we decided we'd go with the kids."
Organizers say they do push entrants to cover at least 80-per cent of their vehicle, but acknowledged that it's difficult to police and still keep the numbers up. It was noted however that they may talk to people who put in a minimum effort this year, and ask them to try a little harder in the future.
The Calgary Stampede has rules governing what vehicles can get into their parade, with a committee that has the right to keep lack-luster entries out. Stampede spokesperson Kurt Kadatz pointed out however that they have a long waiting list to get into the parade, meaning they can turn people away without worrying about shortening the event.