PHOTOS: Sailpast on Wheels Parade returns to downtown Nanaimo

Bathtub racing is something George Johnson and family are versed in. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Bathtub racing is something George Johnson and family are versed in. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
After a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the Sailpast on Wheels Parade returned, with floats moving through downtown Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)After a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the Sailpast on Wheels Parade returned, with floats moving through downtown Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The Sailpast on Wheels Parade takes place on Saturday, followed by the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)The Sailpast on Wheels Parade takes place on Saturday, followed by the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Timbermen player Nick Finlay was among the parade procession. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Nanaimo Timbermen player Nick Finlay was among the parade procession. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The streets in downtown Nanaimo were lined with people Saturday, July 23, who took in the Sailpast on Wheels Parade. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)The streets in downtown Nanaimo were lined with people Saturday, July 23, who took in the Sailpast on Wheels Parade. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Members of Pacific Gael Pipes and Drums provided the Sailpast on Wheels Parade with some music. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Members of Pacific Gael Pipes and Drums provided the Sailpast on Wheels Parade with some music. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
A scene from the Sailpast on Wheels Parade in downtown Nanaimo on July 23. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)A scene from the Sailpast on Wheels Parade in downtown Nanaimo on July 23. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Karen Hogstead, left, Lorna Rother, Kylie Dice and Kari Girdlestone, of the Second Rate Investigate group, took in the parade in downtown Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Karen Hogstead, left, Lorna Rother, Kylie Dice and Kari Girdlestone, of the Second Rate Investigate group, took in the parade in downtown Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cooper and Nyla Rey took part in the parade in Nanaimo Saturday, July 23. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Cooper and Nyla Rey took part in the parade in Nanaimo Saturday, July 23. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The Sailpast on Wheels Parade procession ended at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)The Sailpast on Wheels Parade procession ended at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Clay Gogo, left, Kevin Saunders and Benjamin Karpuik, Train Farm, were in the parade. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)Clay Gogo, left, Kevin Saunders and Benjamin Karpuik, Train Farm, were in the parade. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

For the first time in two years, the Sailpast on Wheels Parade proceeded through downtown Nanaimo, heralding the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race tomorrow.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the event the past two years and the parade took place the morning of Saturday, July 23.

Here are some images.

The Great International World Championship Bathtub Race takes place Sunday, July 24 beginning at 11 a.m.

For more information, go to www.bathtubbing.com.

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