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Posted: June 23, 2014

Thousands take in Sam Steele Days Parade

Sam Steele Days Society members could not have asked for better service from the big guy upstairs Saturday, June 21, during the annual Sam Steele Days celebrations in Cranbrook.

Along with being the Summer Solstice and its abundance of daytime light, Saturday was picture perfect, weather-wise, inspiring even more people than usual, seemingly, to attend the 50th anniversary of the Sam Steele Days Parade.

Thousands of people lined the streets in downtown Cranbrook to take in the largest parade in southeast British Columbia, with participants coming from as far away as the Okanagan, Calgary, Spokane Valley, Wash. and Whitefish, Mont.

Along with celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cranbrook’s biggest annual party, this year’s theme got a bit lippy toward event icon, great North West Mounted Police commander Sam Steele and his prodigious moustache. Many parade participants sported curly ‘staches, as did parade vehicles and floats.

A highlight included the third annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, with several dozen local men donning red high-heels and courageously walking the entire length of the parade route (with many sporting decidedly unmanly attire, as well) in support of the campaign to end gender violence.

Another highlight came courtesy of the Steele Scouts Commemorative Militia Cavalry, which brought an air of period authenticity to the day.

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Photos by Carrie Schafer and Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

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