Ladysmith Days parade rates as a ‘great success’

There were over 40 entries, more than last year, even though some groups pulled out at the last minute

The 2016 Kinsmen Ladysmith Days Parade was overall a great success according to Kinsmen co-chairs Mike Sumpter and Duck Paterson.

There were over 40 entries, more than last year, even though some groups pulled out at the last minute. Sumpter said “this happens every year, but we also get entries that we don’t know about so it balances out.”

Paterson said “it’s really neat that even though it’s a long weekend, enough people go to all the time and effort to put something together so that the community can have a fun time. As the kick off to Ladysmith Days we really want the parade to be a hallmark event so we want to truly thank everyone and all the organizations and businesses that participate.”

Sumpter said that the Kinsmen tried very hard to get a band to come but with Sunfest on, as well as the Coombs Blue Grass and the Courtney Filberg Festivals all happening on the same weekend no bands were available.

“Overall though” Paterson said “we’re very happy with what the club and community has done and we’ll be back next year for more.”

As usual, the judges had a tough time determining the various category winners. Here’s their choices:

Marching-Dancing – Third, Cowichan Valley Firefighters Honour Guard;  Second, Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party; First, Girl Guides.

Musical Group – Second, Shriners Gizeh Temple band; First, Rhythm Dance Academy.

Best Float – Third, Festival of Lights Santa Claus; Second, Ladysmith Lions 75th Anniversary float; First, Eagles ‘Now and Then’.

Commercial Entry – Second, 49th Parallel Grocery; First, Art of Brewing.

Comic Entry – First, Ladysmith Senior’s Centre.

Decorated Bike – Second, Ladysmith Senior’s Centre; First, Art In The Forest.

Kiddies Costume – Third, A&W kids; Second, Lion’s Club baseball player; First, Fuller Lake Figure Skaters.

Adult Costume – Third, Fairy Island Princesses; Second, Lois Anderson (in the Volkswagen); First, Ladysmith Senior’s Centre.

Animal Entry – Second, Little dog in the Volkswagen; First, Labradoodle in the Art of Brewing float.

Neatest Antique Vehicle – Third, Shriners antique fire truck; Second, The contingent of cars from the Old English Car Club; First, Mid-Island Antique Tractor Club.

Best Theme Entry – Third, Gizeh Temple Shriners; Second, 49th Parallel Grocery; First, Ladysmith Eagles Club.


Just Posted

RCMP seek motorists allegedly racing on highway in Chemainus prior to bridge crash

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are searching for two motorists who were allegedly racing… Continue reading

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Ladysmith woman fundraises for sister, family left homeless by Chemainus fire

A Ladysmith woman is raising money for family members left homeless after… Continue reading

Ladysmith woman who jumped from ferry meets rescuers

A local artist who survived five hours in the frigid waters of… Continue reading

Stz’uminus artist John Marston helps carve Yos totem pole for Malahat Nation lands

Project involving collaboration between Marston, Moy Sutherland Jr. and Malahat Nation youth

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Want to be on map of ‘must-see’ Christmas lights from Ladysmith to Chemainus?

Created a holiday masterpiece on your front lawn ? Have a neighbour… Continue reading

Multiple-vehicle crash in Nanaimo shuts down section of highway

Emergency crews responded at about 2:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, to a four-vehicle collision

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Most Read