It’s hard to say exactly where the Lobster Carnival Parade starting going downhill.
The people behind it didn’t start caring less.
The volunteers didn’t start working less.
Parades in general didn’t stop being fun.
So what happened?
And more importantly who cares?
What’s important is where the parade goes from here.
By all accounts this is a rebuilding year for Summerside’s crustacean-themed parade.
Its parent shindig has been rebranded after 58 years, dropping the carnival from the name and becoming the Summerside Lobster Festival.
This will be the first year that control of the event has been in the hands of the City of Summerside; it had been managed by Summerside Legion Branch #5 and the Rotary Club of Summerside for many years previous to that.
And last but not least, Don Quarles has been hired as a full-time event manager.
In hockey parlance, it’s like the parade is going into a new season with new owners, a new, but experienced, coach and an eager young team wanting to prove itself.
But Quarles is asking for some help to make it all happen.
He’s asked that anyone interested in helping to design a float, just work on one, or who can donate some materials to do so.
It’s not such a big thing to ask and we hope that the community gets behind him.
Look at Tyne Valley or Kensington.
Both communities put on excellent parades every year and they’ve got a fraction of the population of Summerside.
And really, on purely economical standpoint, it’s purely advantageous for a business or community group to participate.
If they put in a bit of effort and make good, memorable float people love that kind of thing.
It also shows that the care about their community and are willing to put in a bit of effort to make it better, even if only for the length of a parade.
And it’s not like they have to go all out and make a float. They can contribute in other ways. Giving employees a bit of time off to take their families to the parade or volunteer their time.
Maybe they’ve got a flatbed they don’t need that day, or a generator.
There are tonnes of ways participate.
Let’s make it happen.