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EDMONTON – Global Television will be airing live province-wide coverage of Edmonton’s annual K-Days parade on Friday, July 18.
The parade, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon MT, kicks off the 10-day family festival.
It will be broadcast across Global News’ Alberta stations, including Global Edmonton, Global Calgary, and Global Lethbridge, and will also be live streamed on Globalnews.ca/edmonton.
“We are happy to once again participate in the K-Days festival by offering our audiences unparalleled live coverage of the event,” said Tim Spelliscy, director of Global News’ Edmonton and Prairie Region. “This is an opportunity for viewers to celebrate the K-Days festival with their family and friends across the province by tuning in.”
The parade broadcast will be hosted by Global Edmonton’s News Hour Final anchor Nancy Carlson and sports reporter John Sexsmith. They will be joined by Global Edmonton’s weather specialist Mike Sobel who will also be reporting live from the street during the parade.
Last week, organizers revealed the Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings would serve as the parade marshals.
“This year, we’re celebrating what it means to live in the City of Champions,” said Sharilee Fossum, the acting president and CEO of Northlands. ” As one of Edmonton’s most decorated sports championship teams of 2014, we’re honoured to have this group lead the civic celebration in the street.”
“As a little kid growing up in Edmonton, it was always exciting to find your place on Jasper Avenue for me and my five brothers and find our space to watch the K-Days parade,” said Oil Kings Governor Patrick LaForge. “For any team – any team – to be the parade marshals in such an auspicious event as K-Days in Edmonton, it is really special.”
The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary – was named honourary parade marshal.
“We’re going to begin that celebration here in Edmonton in the City of Champions,” said Lt.-Col. Nick Grimshaw. “It’s a great honour and privilege to be part of K-Days with you.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us and we’re humbled by it and quite flattered.”
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The city is warning of traffic disruptions in the downtown core during Friday’s parade.
- Assembly area closed from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The assembly area is located north of Jasper Avenue to 103A Avenue, from west of 95 Street to east of 97 Street. Parking in the area will be accessible until 8:30 a.m. from the intersection of 95 Street and 102A Avenue only.
- Parade route closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The parade will travel along 102 Avenue from 97 Street to 105 Street, 105 Street from 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue, and 103 Avenue/102A Avenue 105 Street to 100 Street.
ETS bus detours
ETS routes in the downtown area will be detoured due to Friday’s parade. These detours will begin in the early morning and will remain in effect until the parade clears.
The city is asking riders to check detour times for specific routes, as they may vary. For more information, call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or visit the ETS’ website.
For everything you need to know about K-Days and other Edmonton festivals, visit our special festivals page.