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2018 K-Days Parade makes its way through downtown Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: The 2018 K-Days Parade made its way through downtown Edmonton on Friday morning. Here is the entire parade for your viewing pleasure.

Storms and severe summer weather held off long enough for hundreds of people to take in the sights and sounds of the 2018 K-Days Parade.

You couldn’t have asked for better weather for the annual event in downtown Edmonton on Friday morning.

“We thought it was pretty awesome,” said one woman who came down with her two kids. “We liked the horses.”

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More than 100 colourful floats, performers and entries were part of the parade. This year’s parade was led by Olympic medallist Kaetlyn Osmond of Sherwood Park, as well as Alberta members of Special Olympics Canada.

Watch below: Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond leads the 2018 K-Days Parade through downtown Edmonton

K-Days Parade led by Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond
K-Days Parade led by Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond

The parade kicks off the 10-day K-Days festival, which takes place from July 20-29 on the Edmonton Exhibition Lands. The gates to the midway opened at noon on Friday.

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READ MORE: Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond, Special Olympics named 2018 K-Days Parade marshals

From rides and food to concerts and the return of the K-Days Rodeo, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.

This year’s concerts include performances by Ice Cube, The Beach Boys and Cheap Trick.

“Our K-Days powwow is back again as well,” Lisa Holmes from Northlands said. “We are just so excited and honoured to be partnering with Alexis First Nation to be hosting that celebration.”

For more information on this year’s K-Days and other Edmonton summer festivals, head to Global News’ festival page.

READ MORE: K-Days poll: Your favourite floats, rides and midway food!

Watch below: Here are some familiar faces! Global Edmonton and Corus radio take part in the 2018 K-Days Parade.

Global News, Corus take part in 2018 K-Days Parade
Global News, Corus take part in 2018 K-Days Parade
Young fans take in the 2018 K-Days Parade in Edmonton, July 20, 2018.
Young fans take in the 2018 K-Days Parade in Edmonton, July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News
Families take in the 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton on July 20.
Families take in the 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton on July 20. Emily Mertz, Global News
The 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton Friday, July 20, 2018.
The 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton Friday, July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News
Mike Sobel interviews CISN hosts on the radio station's bus float in the K-Days Parade, July 20, 2018.
Mike Sobel interviews CISN hosts on the radio station's bus float in the K-Days Parade, July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News
Mike Sobel conducts another "mobile" interview during the K-Days Parade in Edmonton, July 20, 2018.
Mike Sobel conducts another "mobile" interview during the K-Days Parade in Edmonton, July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News
The 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton Friday, July 20, 2018.
The 2018 K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton Friday, July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News
The Fort Edmonton Park float in the K-Days Parade on July 20, 2018.
The Fort Edmonton Park float in the K-Days Parade on July 20, 2018. Emily Mertz, Global News