Floats, music and plenty of creativity will be on display in this year’s Daybreak Rotary Stampede Parade.
‘Be the inspiration’ is the theme for this year, itself taken from Rotary International’s theme for the year.
“It’s to really help people focus and think about what they can do locally or with a greater reach abroad to inspire themselves or others in their community or the world,” said parade marshal Scott Tucker.
“We hope people will do some self-analysis and see who or what they can inspire.”
The parade will start at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, June 30, and will travel up fourth Avenue from Proctor Street, make a left onto Borland Street until it travels right onto Seventh Avenue North and then will pass right down Oliver Street, until it makes a last right on First Avenue ending on Cameron Street.
“We’re really looking forward to having the community come up and support us like they always have. We had a lot of good feedback with the new route and we want to try and put on the best parade for people who come to Williams Lake and local citizens.
This year’s honourary parade marshal will be Nancy Gale, the executive director of the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre.
“Nancy has been a real inspiration with the work she does at the Child Development Centre and with the leadership she does there with all of the programs and the autism centre,” said Tucker. “For me, she is really involved in that and child welfare is important with Rotary locally with our Starfish Program.”
Scott said he hopes the weather is sunny for the parade, and encourages people to come out early to get the best spot on the route — though he warns that the positions across from Kiwanis Park might be compromised this year due to construction.
“Come out and enjoy the parade and the Four Directions Festival after that,” he said.