Empire Days parade entry deadline approaching quickly

NANAIMO – 146th annual downtown parade is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

Organizers of the Nanaimo Empire Days Society’s 146th annual downtown parade say it is shaping up to be one of the best ever, adding there are some new additions for family fun.

Parade applications will be accepted from businesses, organizations or groups up until May 3. The event is witnessed by thousands of people every year.

The parade entry list to date consists of marching bands, floats, animals, clowns, car  clubs and dignitaries.

Added to the Sunday parade calendar are family activities for the kids at Diana Krall Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including rides and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kinsmen.

Following the parade route will be the Bastion Running Club Bastion Mile Road Race.

For parade entries or more information before deadline, please go to the Nanaimo Empire Days Society website at www.nanaimoempiredays.com or contact parade chairwoman directly at dianalilley@telus.net, or by phone at 250-716-9288.