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Fort Saskatchewan bids farewell to popular grass-trimming sheep

The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017.
The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017. Charles Taylor, Global News

Crowds filled Fort Saskatchewan’s Legacy Park on Monday to witness the annual sheep-leaving parade.

It’s become tradition for residents to line city streets to say goodbye to the flocks of sheep that spend the summer keeping the grass trim around the community.

The “environmentally-friendly lawn-mowers” have become celebrities and a tourist attraction in Fort Saskatchewan.

The entire week leading up to the parade is officially known as Sheep Week.

READ MORE: Celebrity sendoff for popular Fort Saskatchewan sheep 

Then, during the goodbye parade, the animals make their way from Legacy Park through downtown and end up at the Fort Heritage Precinct.

It is the public’s last chance to bid farewell to the sheep until next spring.

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The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017. Charles Taylor, Global News
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The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017. Charles Taylor, Global News
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The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017. Charles Taylor, Global News
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The sheep-leaving parade in Fort Saskatchewan, Sept. 4, 2017. Charles Taylor, Global News

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The City of Edmonton welcomed weed-eating goats to Rundle Park this summer where they also became quite the attraction.

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