In the spirit of celebrating Canada Day, the City of Grande Prairie encouraged residents to drive along the 100 street strip and experience a “Reverse Parade.”
Instead of a traditional presentation, the city decided to host the unorthodox event, which was delayed from originally being hosted on Canada Day due to rain, as an alternative to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols.
Jessica Rose holds her seven-week old puppy close as she walks about Grande Prairie’s reverse parade along 100 st, July 4, 2020. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)
A young boy received a pair of national flags in the spirit of celebration as he was driven through Grande Prairie’s reverse parade, July 4, 2020. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)
Competition dancers from Diverse Dance Academy put on a live performance despite the rain for passing vehicles during the Reverse Parade held July 4, 2020. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)
Ron Rose plays live for passerbys as part of the Canada Day Reverse Parade, July 4, 2020. The City of Grande Prairie hosted the event as an alternative to a normal parade to adhere to appropriate social distancing protocols, while also providing a way to celebrate the holiday. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)
Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion Badlands Garrison greet passerby cars during Grande Prairie’s delayed Canada Day “Reverse Parade,” July 4, 2020. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)
A jawa of the 501st Legion Badlands Garrison waves to passing cars travelling along 100st, downtown Grande Prairie during a “Reverse Parade,” hosted by the city. The idea was developed as an appropriate alternative to a normal parade, thrown in celebration of Canada Day, that incorporated appropriate social distancing measures. (John Watson, MyGrandePrairieNow Staff)