Everyone loves a parade.
Despite inclement weather, 27th Street, 30th Avenue and 31st Street were crammed with people catching a glimpse at the entries in the 57th annual Vernon Winter Carnival parade, one of the highlights of opening weekend.
“The floats were amazing. Everyone put a lot of work into them and it showed,” said Carnival chairperson Deb White. “The snow didn’t detour many people. It was actually quite nice with the snow falling. We have received many comments at the office that the parade was one of the best in years.”
The weather did claim one weekend casualty.
The North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society was unable to make any weekend flights due to snow and wind. The balloons were lit up Friday in Polson Park for the annual Balloon Glow, which again attracted hundreds of people.
Carnival is now in the countdown to its final weekend.
“There are a lot of events coming up with a few being sold out; Pinot and Paint, Unwind Downtown, Grandparent-Grandchild Dance, History Trivia Night,” said White.
Tickets are still available at the Schubert Centre for the dinner theatre production Frank’s House of Opinions, and the Halina Sweetheart Ball also has tickets which can be purchased at the Vernon Winter Carnival office.
“We are excited about the Jopo House luncheon at the Vernon Lodge Thursday and Friday with our very own Shawn Lightfoot performing,” said White.
Family Day in Polson Park is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is a free event.
Another great family event takes place Sunday, Toonie and a Tin Community Skate, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kal Tire Place. Admission is $2 each or $5 for a family, along with a donation to the food bank.
Raffle tickets are also being sold at the office with the prizes drawn for on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, at the Village Green Centre. Grand prize is a Twin Anchors houseboat vacation.