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A heroic parade straggler runs to keep up while holding onto her balloons during the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade Saturday on 27th Street. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
A heroic parade straggler runs to keep up while holding onto her balloons during the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade Saturday on 27th Street.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Frigid temperatures failed to stop the crowds from braving the cold to take in one of the highlights of Vernon Winter Carnival Saturday.

Approximately 10-12,000 people lined the streets to take in the sights and sounds of the 110 parade entries.

“It actually was pretty good,” said Diana Williamson, Carnival executive director, of the turnout.

“It (cold weather) held back some but it turned out so nice, the sun was great.”

Almost everyone was dressed to the Carnival of Superheroes theme, too.

“Even the pets were dressing up,” said Williamson of dogs and horses wearing their favourite superhero costumes.

“There was a lot of imagination.”

And it wasn’t just your traditional superheroes such as Batman and Superwoman.

Vernon volunteer firefighters played out their heroic efforts with some animated flame fighting (earning them the title of most humourous entry) and Save-On-Foods got creative with their food drive as Souperheroes.

“They were all dressed up as cans of soup,” laughed Williamson of the entry which won first place in the small commercial category.

Although one of the highlights of Carnival has wrapped up, there are still super amounts of fun to be had as events continue through to Sunday.

There’s daily Jopo House luncheons, free dance lessons at Cheek to Cheek, a wide range of Okanagan Science Centre events and the 43rd annual Coca-Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament (runs Thursday to Sunday).

There are also various dances and special events such as: Winter Breakout today at 3 p.m. at the Schubert Centre, an Olympic Superhero Party Extravaganza Thursday evening at the Vernon Recreation Complex, a Super Heroes in Love dance at the Elks Hall Friday evening, Winter Carnival Family Day Saturday at Polson Park at 11 a.m., the Kiss FM/Downtown Vernon Association chili cook off Saturday at 2 p.m., Starting Block’s 10 km Road Race Sunday at 10 a.m. and Toonie and a tin Community Skate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Numerous other events can be found at vernonwintercarnival.com

“There are still lots of events going on and we still have tickets available,” said Williamson.

 

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