Cowichan Lake enjoys a lively parade for Lake Days

The ever-popular Cowichan Pipers lead the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The ever-popular Cowichan Pipers lead the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It’s easy to see that this ATV club member is a real Canada booster. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It’s easy to see that this ATV club member is a real Canada booster. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A staffer from Country Grocer runs out to offer mini donuts to parade walkers: a highly popular for the folks on the road. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A staffer from Country Grocer runs out to offer mini donuts to parade walkers: a highly popular for the folks on the road. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan town councillors Kristine Sandhu and Tim McGonigle carry the local government banner in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan town councillors Kristine Sandhu and Tim McGonigle carry the local government banner in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
MP Alistair MacGregor and his supporters bring some brilliant colour to the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)MP Alistair MacGregor and his supporters bring some brilliant colour to the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The 2018/19 Lady of the Lake royalty, who’ve had quite a year, wave to enthusiastic supporters from the crowd. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The 2018/19 Lady of the Lake royalty, who’ve had quite a year, wave to enthusiastic supporters from the crowd. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan’s Fire Department joins the fun in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan’s Fire Department joins the fun in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship folks are joined by their mascot, Oxford. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship folks are joined by their mascot, Oxford. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Brilliant green smoke lets everyone know that the roller derby gals have arrived! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Brilliant green smoke lets everyone know that the roller derby gals have arrived! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Perennial parade booster Pete Pimlott leads the Country Grocer float in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Perennial parade booster Pete Pimlott leads the Country Grocer float in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It wouldn’t be a parade without representation from Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It wouldn’t be a parade without representation from Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Candy bag at the ready, a volunteer in full firefighter gear leads the Lake Cowichan fire trucks in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Candy bag at the ready, a volunteer in full firefighter gear leads the Lake Cowichan fire trucks in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Kin Clubs’ long-running Ducky Derby is a people-pleasing event at Lake Days. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Kin Clubs’ long-running Ducky Derby is a people-pleasing event at Lake Days. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Kin Clubs’ long-running Ducky Derby is a people-pleasing event at Lake Days. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Kin Clubs’ long-running Ducky Derby is a people-pleasing event at Lake Days. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Ladysmith’s ruling royalty wave from their car in the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Ladysmith’s ruling royalty wave from their car in the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Scouts offer kids all kinds of fun activities. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Scouts offer kids all kinds of fun activities. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Supporters of the Kaatza Lakeside Players show their group is still stage-ready by walking in costume in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Supporters of the Kaatza Lakeside Players show their group is still stage-ready by walking in costume in the Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Members of the 75th Anniversary committee parade through town June 8, reminding everyone that the big celebration is coming up soon. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Members of the 75th Anniversary committee parade through town June 8, reminding everyone that the big celebration is coming up soon. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Yes, the 75th Anniversary cake is big, but the town’s anniversary is a big deal. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Yes, the 75th Anniversary cake is big, but the town’s anniversary is a big deal. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Cowichan Lake area pickleball players enjoy an active lifestyle. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Cowichan Lake area pickleball players enjoy an active lifestyle. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
A Shrine clown stops for a chat during the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)A Shrine clown stops for a chat during the 2019 Lake Days parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
An exotic car from the G.A.I.N. group of European car dealers shows how it rolls in the Lake Days parade. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)An exotic car from the G.A.I.N. group of European car dealers shows how it rolls in the Lake Days parade. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Island Savings folks take time out from the office to greet the public in the 2019 Lake Days parade on June 8. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Island Savings folks take time out from the office to greet the public in the 2019 Lake Days parade on June 8. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
It’s an annual treat to take the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s Zamboni out for a ride in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)It’s an annual treat to take the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s Zamboni out for a ride in the parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Members of the Valley’s ATV club always enjoy taking part in the Lake Days parade at Lake Cowichan. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Members of the Valley’s ATV club always enjoy taking part in the Lake Days parade at Lake Cowichan. Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan residents were out early on Saturday, June 8, making sure they could reserve their favourite places to enjoy the annual Lake Days parade.

Right after 11 a.m., a police car siren, followed by the skirl of the pipes was a clear signal that, ladies and gentlemen, it was time to take your seats.

There was lots to enjoy: fire engines, floats, clowns, kids, costumes, even the weather was good.