Parade draws in crowd and new business

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Published on June 20, 2014

Kayden Edwards checks out the Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

Hannah Burks, Sara Brandt, Melina Brandt and Ryan Burks watch the parade off of Main Street. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

A motorists shared his ride at the Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

Ryan Burks high fives a member of the parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade.  Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by MIckey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade.  Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by MIckey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by MIckey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

Sara Brandt anxiously waits for the parade. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Published on June 20, 2014

The Moose Jaw Hometown Parade. Times-Herald photo by MIckey Djuric

Horses, kids and bands made their way down Main Street for the annual Hometown Parade to kick off this weekend's fair.

Different clubs and organizations took part in the parade with decorated floats and banners. 

Kids ran around trying to grab as much candy and balloons as they could. Motorists gave high fives to the crowd while others danced their way down the street. 

"It was a good family experience. It's something to do with the kids to support the community," said Stacey Burks who came to the parade with her children.

"My favourite was the candy and the cars," chimed her son Ayden.

"It was a fantastic parade. The more people that's out here is important and I'd love to see more of it," said Burks.

The parade drew in a big crowd to the downtown core, and some of the local business owners took this as an opportunity to promote their stores with sales and later closing times. 

Tashia Toupin, a salesperson at Cranberry Rose, noticed there was an influx in business during the hours of the parade. 

"The last two Thursdays I worked was slow, but tonight we had more customers come in and we had a special sale to try to encourage people to come in," said Toupin.

She feels like downtown events like the parade benefit storeowners and hopes to see more events in the future. 

"There should be more things for people to do. I really appreciate having lived in other city centres, and having things open past nine. That's why I like having this parade. Especially with the tourism and spa, it gives people a chance to come out and see the city," said Toupin. 

"I think for people to really appreciate all that Moose Jaw has to offer, we need to make ourselves available, and they'll come and get to experience the thing that is Moose Jaw, and that's a really good thing that we need to continue to do and do more of."

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes 

 

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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