The 65th Little Britches Parade is here.

This year's theme is saluting the 100th anniversary of the RCAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hank Leeferink, the long-time head organizer of the parade is excited about some really special entries this year too.

Hank Leeferink in last year's parade.Hank Leeferink in last year's parade.

One of the things that motives Leeferink year after year of volunteering his time and energy are the kids.

"I look down the parade route every year and there are kids so excited. They can't wait to see the clowns, they can't wait to see the Shriners, the bands, the horses so, that's what it's all about. It's bringing joy for a couple of hours to the kids of High River and district."

The 2024 Parade Route map from their website.

It's also about so much more than just the parade as it continues to grow into an all-day event.

"We have beef on a bun, we have Battle of the Bands, we have the Legion car show downtown, we have ten food trucks. Kathy Lambourn and her candy crew will be handing out candy."

The beef on a bun is hosted by the Highwood Lions in George Lane Park right beside where the Battle of the Bands happens at noon. The food trucks will be lined up along 5th avenue along with The Venue hosting some entertainment. 

The Little Britches Rodeo also gets underway starting at 10 a.m. at the High River Agriculture grounds.

And the High River Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting their third annual Show and Shine but in a new location, right downtown along 3rd and 4th Avenue SW.

The spring market is coming back, thanks to Inclusion Foothills, at the Highwood Centre again running from 10 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.