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No raining on this parade: colourful Apple Blossom Children's Parade marches on


Parade is a first for some, and a tradition for many others

KENTVILLE – Nothing rained on the Apple Blossom’s Children’s Parade event May 26 as people braved the broody weather and lined Kentville’s downtown streets for the beloved event.

Colourful costumes stood out against grey skies as kids took to the street, marching with various floats and waving at the crowds.

People of all ages lined the streets to grab a glimpse of each parade float as it passed by. Rose Hiltz, Sawyer Ford, 15 months, Kayla Casey and Paisley Therrien, 5, sat on the curb on Main Street in Kentville in the minutes before the Children’s Parade started. While Therrien said she’s a veteran spectator of the Grand Parade, this was her first children’s parade, and she couldn’t have been more excited, saying, “this one first and that one after. I’m excited.”

Hiltz said even if it had poured rain, they’d all have come anyway.

From left: Rose Hiltz, Sawyer Ford, 15 months, Kayla Casey and Paisley Therrien, 5, sat on the curb on Main Street in Kentville in the minutes before the Children's Parade started. While Therrien said she's a veteran spectator of the Grand Parade, this was her first children's parade.
From left: Rose Hiltz, Sawyer Ford, 15 months, Kayla Casey and Paisley Therrien, 5, sat on the curb on Main Street in Kentville in the minutes before the Children's Parade started. While Therrien said she's a veteran spectator of the Grand Parade, this was her first children's parade.

“We prepared for the rain and didn’t mind at all – we just told ourselves, ‘hey, we’ll make a day of it,’” she said.

While the parade is a first for some spectators, it’s an annual tradition for many others, including Leslie Hunter, 49, and her mother Juanita Malley, 79, both live in Kentville and take the event in every year.

This year, Hunter’s daughter, Felicia, 6, walked with the Girl Guides’ float.

“It’s always tradition. I remember coming to this parade as a kid – it’s the big event for us,” said Hunter.

Malley said it’s been too many years to count since she started attending the festival, and that it’s the highlight of her year.

Her favourite parade moments to catch are any and all bands – whether marching, or otherwise – and seeing family and friends who turn out to events.

“The festival brings everybody home, and also brings everyone out. You meet friends you haven’t seen in years, because everybody comes to this,” she said.

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