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Torchlight Parade participants brave the cold to put on another vibrant display


It was the first day of the 73rd annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival and the Torchlight Parade was scheduled to be the first official outdoor event.
So of course, it was ridiculously cold.
There are few guarantees when it comes to weather around the festival but it seems like no matter what it will be cold for the Torchlight Parade and Mother Nature didn’t disappoint -or did disappoint depending on how you look at it.
With temperatures around -5 Celsius Tuesday morning, the weather took a drastic turn for the worse and people woke up to a low of -33 Celsius on Wednesday. While it did warm up slightly during the day, cold temperatures and a slight breeze left many parade goers eagerly awaiting warmth.
That warmth came in the form of a bonfire along with hot dogs and hot chocolate near the shoreline of the Saskatchewan River, but those on floats had to tough out the ride from the Royal Canadian Legion through town to get there.
Cold or not, the turn out for the parade was one of the better ones, with nearly 40 floats taking part.
In the youth category, the winners were the float prepared by Scouts Canada, with the Trappers’ Youth Board earning second spot and the OCN/Big Eddy Youth Centre claiming third.
For the commercial class, Northland Ford claimed top spot, followed by Missinippi Airways in second and Manitoba Conservation third. In the non-commercial, it was Ber Clan taking top spot, COPP picking up second and third falling to Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival First Princess Gianna Catalano.

Trent Allen