Drumheller made a name for itself on the international stage last Friday, July 7 when a locally made Canada 150 float was named the best overall entry in the Calgary Stampede Parade.
"It feels pretty great: this is the first time that we have won best overall float," responded Carrie Lunde, the Director of Marketing and Media for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. "There have been many years that we've won first place in our category and won most creative entry, but this is the first year we've won best overall for the whole parade."
The parade theme in Calgary this year, as it was for the Canada Day Parade in Drumheller, was Canada 150, which Lunde admitted seemed a little hard, at first, to tie to our prehistoric past.
"When you look at the impact the fossil heritage has had on Canadian history that's really important, so this was our way to be able to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary while tying it into the fossil heritage of the country," she explained.
"Drumheller is just getting more and more profile; it's just fantastic," gushed Lunde. "I'm really excited for what's been happening over the past year with Drumheller. It's really starting to be that recognizable go-to destination."
Ironically, the Tyrrell did not win their category in Drumheller's Canada Day Parade.