Mother Nature cooperated on Saturday, May 18th for the 65th Little Britches Parade in downtown High River.

Thousands of people poured into downtown High River for the parade which got underway right on time at 10 a.m.

The sunshine was out in full bloom, surprisingly since the previous 24 hours were filled with rain and even a little snow.

Smiles were everywhere not just along the parade route but also at the Spring Market in the Highwood Centre and George Lane Park for the Battle of the Bands held after the parade.

The Battle of the Bands showcases the marching bands that were in the parade, and after the have a 'beef on a bun' lunch from the Highwood Lions Club they each take turns performing in front of an always packed crowd.

High River local Kat Tiefenbach was lined up along the parade route with her newborn baby girl Stevie taking in the parade.

"It is Stevie's first parade, she's seven months old and she's taking everything in."

When asked if her baby girl was going to partake in the candy that's always handed out by volunteers, Kat had a plan.

"She's a little young for it but we can always collect it and then Mom and Dad can always eat it later" she added with a laugh.

Kat and Stevie Tiefenbach were eagerly awaiting the start of the parade.Kat and Stevie Tiefenbach were eagerly awaiting the start of the parade.

Many other people were taking in the parade either for the first time or have been to every parade since the mid 1970's like Trudy Campbell.

The parade's theme was saluting the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Air Cadets. Four honourary parade marshalls who were all veterans, three turned 100 years old this year with the fourth marshall being a young 90.