June 18, 2021 | Red Deer, AB – After careful consideration, Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has made the difficult decision to not host their Westerner Days Parade this year. The decision was made through consultation with several of the parade’s key stakeholders and based on Westerner Park’s continued focus on health and safety.
The Parade is the traditional kick-off to Central Alberta's largest summer celebration and typically welcomes 125 parade participants, over 30,000 people and 35 dedicated volunteers. Although the Alberta Government announced today the move to Stage on July 1st, Westerner Days recognizes the tremendous planning and resources that go into preparing for this event.
“This was a difficult decision as the parade is such an important part of our community's culture. But, with the amount of planning and lead time required for an event like our parade, it just didn't prove viable this year,” says Mike Olesen, Chief Executive Officer, Westerner Park. “Westerner Park thanks all of our parade volunteers and participants for their patience and understanding as we weighed our options. We'll look forward to the future when the parade can be experienced safely and to the same quality level that Red Deer expects.”
Westerner Park also notes; The Alberta government’s Open for Summer - Stage 3 announcement is exciting news for the ability to return to in-person events and host Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. They will be hosting a modified Westerner Days this summer, and plan to announce full details on Monday, June 28th.