Best of Empire parade recognized

Judging from the efforts participants put into the 144th Nanaimo Empire Days Celebration parade entries, the old saying ‘everyone loves a parade’, still rings true.

Judges had their hands full picking the top entries, and winners of the May 22 event included:

Best overall – Nanaimo Nemesis Roller Derby.

Best service club – Angels Abreast dragon boat team.

Best theme – St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

Best cultural presentation – Vancouver Island Visayan Association Philippines.

Best commercial float – Great Canadian Casino, first; Harbour City Music, second; Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society, third.

Best non-commercial float –  Nanaimo Nemesis Roller Derby, first; St. Paul’s Anglican Church, second; Vancouver Island Raiders Football Club, third.

Best motorized presentation – Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill team, first; Mid Island Vintage Tractors, second.

Best classic car – Nanaimo Old English Car Club.

Best equestrian presentation – Plum Creek Ponies.

Best animal presentation – St. John Ambulance therapy dog unit.

Best children presentation – Fairview Community School’s Red Hot Chili Steppers.

Best high school marching band – North Thurston High School, first; Kentlake High School, second.

Best military band – Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Amphion, first; 205 Collishaw Air Cadets, second.

Best pipe band – Pipes and Drums of the Pacific Gael.

Best community stage band – Harbour City Music.

Best community marching band – Nanaimo Concert Band.

Best drill team – Corrections Provincial Honour Guard.

Best majorettes – North Thurston High School.

Honourable mention award – Navy League Band.