• Okotoks Parade Day and Children's Festival
  • Okotoks Parade Day and Children's Festival
  • Okotoks Parade Day and Children's Festival
  • Okotoks Parade Day and Children's Festival

Okotoks Annual Parade

Mark your calendars!

The 2018 Okotoks Parade and Children's Festival happens June 16, 2018!

Bring the whole family out for a full day of entertainment and activities at the Town of Okotoks Annual Parade Day. The day typically starts with a community breakfast, followed by the parade at 11am. The Childrens' Fesitval kicks off directly after the parade, from 12 noon to 3 pm. For full details on events and activities happening the day of the event, visit the Event Calendar listing.

For more information please contact events@okotoks.ca at 403-938-8950.

Entering a Float into the Parade
  • Commercial Float Entry is $35.00; all other entries are no charge.
  • Fill out an application form by June 8, 2018.
  • Your completed, signed Application Form is your ACCEPTANCE, on behalf of your entry and all of your entry's participants, of the Okotoks Annual Parade Rules and Regulations, as outlined on the application form.

FOR SAFETY REASONS: (Safety is our first priority – yours and our spectators!)

  • All entrants are responsible for ensuring that the design and operation of their entry is safe and reliable.  
  • Float entry must be fully decorated with a railing around the perimeter of the float deck. Such railings must be of solid construction with top and intermediate rails. The top rail shall be a minimum of 36”.
  • All entries are prohibited from throwing candy or distributing materials from float, vehicle or trailer. Any candy or other materials must be distributed by walkers surrounding the entry.
  • For safety reasons, participants shall not mount/dismount from entries unless the entry has come to a complete stop.
Staging Map and Float Positions

The Parade Committee determines location of all entries in the parade and the entry must maintain that position throughout the parade unless otherwise directed by a Parade Official or Parade Marshal.  All entries will be assigned a number indicating where they will be located in the parade line-up. This information will be emailed to all entrants the week of the parade. On Parade Day, check in at the Information tent with the Okotoks flag - this will be where you pick up parade float numbers and placement information.

Parade line up maps are available:
  1. For pick up the week of the Parade at the Okotoks Recreation Centre, 99 Okotoks Drive, or
  2. At the Parade Day information booth across from Fountain Tire on Parade Day
Day Of Staging Information

The following revisions have been made to our parade staging areas in order to reduce the impact of road closures off Stockton Ave:

  • Horse Entries: will have a new staging area in the Southland Bus Depot at 177 Stockton Point. (Stockton Point is the first left off Stockton Ave). Horse entries will exit out of the south exit of the bus depot beside Fountain Tire.
  • Band Entries: All entries that need to assemble will stage on Crystal Ridge Drive.
  • Parade entries that require no set up: meet at the information tent across the road from Fountain Tire on North Railway Street.

  • Once entries have checked in, they will set up on North Railway in numerical sequence, according to assigned numbers.

Parade History

Staff from the Okotoks Museum & Archives have researched the history of the Okotoks Parade to find the beginnings by using Council minutes and other archived resources. It is determined that there was a post World War I parade in 1918 and a post World War II parade both of which were to celebrate the end of the wars as opposed to a parade with floats. In 1954, the Town had a parade day to celebrate the Town's 50th anniversary, and another in 1955 to celebrate the Province's 50th anniversary. The Okotoks Parade became an annual event in 1967*. (*date determined by Okotoks Museum & Archives.)