Just three more days and the Drumheller Valley, along with the rest of the country, will be celebrating Canada's big birthday.

The Canada Day celebration will included festivities such as a farmers market, pancake breakfast and the parade.

With that in mind, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure the safety of those who will be attending and walking in the parade.

"We always encourage people to try to keep a distance from the floats. The floats themselves should not be throwing out candy, they should have people walking alongside the float handing out candy or promotional items. We always ask them to hand it out and not throw it because typically people don't throw it far enough, the kids are getting too close to the floats and we certainly don't want anything to happen to the kids or anyone else watching the parade," explained Marley Henneigh, Chamber Services Coordinator.

"Please have someone walking beside it to hand out candy or promotional items, no water guns and no peanuts because of allergies. Those are our main rules with the parade and also we encourage all of our floats to keep pace. I know some years we've had people confused as to when the parade is ending, just because there can sometimes be gaps," she added.

Henneigh wants to remind Drumheller residents that if a float has any type of livestock, like horses or donkeys, to make sure you have proof of insurance.

"Our own parade insurance does not cover livestock and we just can't get it to. Unfortunately I hate to say, we will have to turn away anyone with livestock if they don't have that insurance so please get it to the chamber if you are entering in the parade with any livestock."

The parade route will be the same as last year.

"It takes a few turns out of the route, which we found helps with the pace of the parade and helped with the gaps. It also helps drive some of that traffic away from the Dinosaur and Splash Park area just because it is so busy and everyone wants to get down there after the parade," outlined Henneigh.

"If anyone needs a reminder of the parade route we have it on our website, www.drumhellerchamber.com and we've also got in our Facebook page if anyone needs that map."

The Chamber will be accepting float entries until this Thursday, June 29.

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