By Shari Fenn, Content Contributor
Photo credit: Loree Photography
It’s official, the 2015 Little Britches Parade and Rodeo are back on Saturday, May 16 and Monday, May 18 and YOU ARE INVITED!!!
If you have never been to High River and you’re looking for a fun packed family weekend, then this event is for you.
High River is opening its doors and welcoming neighbours from the Calgary Region to join in on the Little Britches Rodeo, Parade and other celebrations.
Unlike previous years, the parade and rodeo will be happening over a two-day period, Saturday and Monday.
Running for the 57th year, High River has become famous for this event held every Victoria long weekend in May.
Here is the run down of activities you can participate in:
DAY ONE OF FESTIVITIES: Saturday, May 16
10:00 am to 10:45 am
Photo credit: Loree Photography
The Annual Little Britches Parade begins at 10:00 am and makes its way through the newly restored downtown. Highlights of the parade include:
- Western horses
- Stampede Show Band
- Calgary Stetson Band
- Calgary Round-Up Band
- Clan Maxwell Pipes and Drums
- Local and regional floats
- Emergency vehicles
- Clowns, candy, music and more!
A special thank you to the Rotary Club of High River with their generous committee volunteers that are making this year’s parade a possibility and a thank you to the Crawford Insurance (Co-operators) for providing insurance coverage for all parade participants.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Gitter’s Critters live entertainment (FREE) Noon to 2:00 pm
Gitter’s Critters will play and sing at the Museum of the Highwood during the Parade. This is entertainment for all ages.
In the Afternoon
River of Music Festival (FREE) – 11: 00 am to 4:00 pm
This street festival is chocked full of street buskers, food vendors and bands set up for performances in the downtown district.
Battle of the Bands (FREE) – 11 am
The participating marching bands battle off against each other in show-stopping form. This event is held at the fully restored George Lane Park located in the heart of downtown High River.
The International Taste of High River (FREE) – Noon to 3:00 pm
Held at the United Church on Macleod Trail
Barbeque with MLA John Barlow (FREE) – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Held near the Royal Bank, 3rd avenue SW
Beef on a Bun with Lions Club of High River ($5.00 per person) – 11:30 – 1:30pm
Held in George Lane
DAY TWO OF FESTIVITIES: Monday, May 18
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Annual Little Britches Rodeo begins bright and early.
The rodeo sees contestants aged three through 15 compete in events like bareback riding, barrel racing, wild pony races, sheep riding and goat tail untying!
Here is a slideshow of last year’s Little Britches Rodeo taken by Lorraine Hjalte of the Calgary Herald.
Stay in High River for more fun
For those of you who are new to High River, it is a vibrant, growing town with strong historic agricultural routes, complete with beautiful historic buildings, homes and a dynamic culture.
An easy 30-minute drive south of the city of Calgary on Highway 2, this historical western town is the official home of the popular TV show Heartland, which has been filming in the High River area since 2007.
High River is well known for its resiliency and determination. A town full of caring, warm and friendly characters, home to numerous artists and world-class musicians.
Explore and support the High River’s artisans, unique gift shops, fashion boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Popular activities in High River also include bicycling and walking along 30km of scenic river pathways – a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The nearby Frank Lake Conservatory is excellent for bird enthusiasts to spot rare species.
High River is also one of the Calgary Region’s ‘best kept secrets’ when it comes to world-class fishing for many species of trout, grayling, whitefish and more.
So if visiting High River is now on your agenda this long-weekend, drop us a note below or send us a photo for our social media.
Shari Fenn is a storyteller, inbound content writer and owner of Cross Communications
Parade day photography was taken by Lori Loree of Loree Photography in Nanton, Alberta. Loree specializes in commercial and wedding photography and travels worldwide on assignment.