It’s time to start thinking about entering the Ladysmith Days parade

The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club is encouraging organizations, groups and businesses to enter the parade on Aug. 3.

The parade is always such a big highlight of Ladysmith Days, and with the countdown to this year’s event on, it’s time to start thinking about entering a float.

The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club, in conjunction with the Ladysmith Days Committee, is inviting local businesses, groups, societies and organizations to participate in this year’s parade, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 3.

The theme for Ladysmith Days 2013 is “Friends and Neighbours — Ladysmith Has It All.”

The parade lineup will start at 7 a.m. on Aug. 3, while judging will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the parade will start at 10:15 a.m.

Ribbons will be presented in a variety of categories, including marching/dancing unit, band, float, decorated bike, best theme entry and “neatest” antique vehicle.

There is no entry fee for the parade, and participants will be able to enjoy light refreshments during a reception at Aggie Hall immediately following the parade.

The Kinsmen ask that groups who wish to hand out candy or other items during the parade do so by having people walk beside the floats. Parade participants are not allowed to throw anything from their floats while the parade is moving.

For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Mike Sumpter at 250-245-2104 or Duck Paterson at 250-245-2263. You can pick up entry forms at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce office at 411B First Ave., and Paterson is willing to drop them off to you in person.

—Lindsay Chung