The annual K-Days Parade is a well-loved Edmonton tradition. Kicking off the 10-day exhibition, the parade showcases spectacular floats, performers, animal, gigantic balloons, silly mascots and Edmonton’s first responders. This year the parade has taken on a new meaning. Mayor Don Iveson has declared K-Days Parade Day Edmonton Heroes Day.
Edmonton’s first responders will serve as the official K-Days Parade Marshals, including: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “K” Division, Alberta Sheriffs, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Edmonton Emergency Medical Services and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
Winners of the Local Heroes Contest that was executed by Northlands and Global Edmonton last month will also serve as Honorary Parade Marshals. These everyday heroes were recognized for their dedication and for the contributions and sacrifices made to better their communities.
“This year’s K-Days Parade is dedicated to honoring and thanking the heroes that touch the lives of our community each and every day,” said Tim Reid, President & CEO, Northlands.
The declaration of Edmonton Heroes Day came not long after Edmonton Police Service’s Constable Daniel Woodall was killed in the line of duty in June, a heartbreaking event and reminder of the sacrifice local heroes make to keep the city safe.
Northlands has donated $10,000 to the D. Woodall Family Foundation and $2,500 for each of the recognized Local Heroes to donate to the community or charitable organization of their choice.
“We don’t need to look any further than our city limits when choosing our Parade Marshals. Whether a first responder or an everyday hero, this is our opportunity to celebrate what’s important to us and to recognize those who contribute to the greater good of the city in both big and small ways,” said Reid.
The K-Days Parade takes place in Downtown Edmonton on July 17th at 10am. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero and cheer on the honoured Parade Marshals!