Fun in the scorching sun

It was 27C when parade started just after 10 a.m. Canada Day on the streets of Parksville

These Parksville Canada Day Parade entrants both had some red and white on their hats. Go to for more than 70 additional photos from the parade.

Thousands of enthusiastic people lined the streets of Parksville on Monday to celebrate Canada Day with a colourful parade under sunny skies and near-record-high temperatures.

There were more than 150 entries in the parade and spectators were staking out their places with lawn chairs as early as 8 a.m for the parade that started just after 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes. When the parade started, the sign at Community Park registered a sultry 27 degrees C.

This parade had everything a great parade should — marchers, bands, candy, clowns, cool vehicles, floats, horses.

Many of the parade-goers then slid into Community Park for an afternoon and evening organized by the Rotary Club. For more photos from the parade, see our Facebook page,