Members of the Burnaby North Vikings marching band march down Commercial Street during the parade

Members of the Burnaby North Vikings marching band march down Commercial Street during the parade

Spectators flock to annual parade in downtown Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Results and images from 147th annual Empire Days celebration.



The results are in for the best entries into the 147th annual Empire Days Parade.

Best Commercial Float – WestJet; runner-up: Island Savings.

Best Non-commercial Float – Cowichan Lake’s Lady of the Lake; runners-up: Colliery Dams Preservation Society and Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society.

Best Classic Car – Shrine Club; runners-up: Old English Car Club and Classic Car.

Best Motorized Car – Eastern Star Jobs Daughters; runner-up: Mid Island Vintage Tractors.

Best Animal Presentation – Nanaimo Kennel Club; runner-up: St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs.

Best Cultural Presentation – Nanaimo Filipino Canadian Association; runner-up: Vancouver Island Visagon Association.

Best Children’s Presentation – Candy Crushers Junior Roller Derby.

Best Service Club – Nanaimo Search and Rescue.

Best Comic – Auntie Bobbie; runner-up: Balloon Man.

Best Military Band – Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amphion.

High School Marching Band – Burnaby North Vikings marching band; runner-up: Kentlake High School marching band.

Best Community Marching Band – Nanaimo Concert Band.

Best Pipe Band – Pacific Gael Pipe Band.

Best Drill Team – B.C. Provincial Honour Guard.