The Canada Day festivities in Cochrane were on a much smaller scale this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Canada Day is by far our largest event of the year,” said Bella Fallis, President of the Cochrane and Area Events Society.
“But of course, things have had to be a little different this year. COVID kind of threw a wrench into our plans, so most of our celebrations have had to be virtual.”
In place of the annual Canada Day parade, a smaller procession was organized with just over 20 vehicles from Cochrane Jeepers, volunteers dressed as princesses and superheroes, and some local sponsors.
“With things re-opening and going in Phase 2, we were able to host this small parade through all of our communities,” said Fallis.
“Planning anything has been tough due to COVID. At first, we weren’t allowed to have fireworks, and we announced that to the public a few months back. It was sad because that’s often the best part of Canada Day for many families.”
Since restrictions have lifted, the Events Society was able to have fireworks at Mitford Park, with residents asked to view them from their homes.
“The parking lot will be closed, but the fireworks are higher and bigger this year so everyone should be able to see them,” said Fallis.
Along with the parade and fireworks, there were also food trucks stationed throughout Cochrane. Music and other entertainment was performed live on the Cochrane and Area Events Society Facebook page throughout the day.
“We have a really great team, so we’re always up for any challenge and ready to adapt,” said Fallis.
“We hope to remain leaders in our community and keep bringing the party to Cochrane.”
On the morning of Canada Day, residents ventured out on to their lawns to watch and wave as the Cochrane Jeepers drove by.
“It’s nice that there is still something happening as a celebration,” said Megan Scondrianis, a resident for over 20 years.
“We’ve really been looking forward to seeing the fireworks.”
Scondrianis, who was watching with her husband and two young sons, said that the annual Canada Day parade is a highlight of the summer for her family.
“I think it’s mostly the candy that they get really excited about,” said Scondrianis.
“That might be the only thing our kids are disappointed about, but it’s awesome that they were able to adapt and still offer some entertainment for the community.”