More than 215,000 spectators expected



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Travis Wood, left, and Mike Bangle with North American Midway Entertainment meticulously fasten each support beam of the giant ferris wheel yesterday at the Northlands.


Getting a good vantage point to see today’s Capital Ex Parade is all about patience and pre-planning, says Northlands spokeswoman Bonni Clark.

She says paradegoers need to arrive at least two hours before the 10:01 a.m. start time in order to grab a great spot along the parade route that starts from 96 St. on 102 Ave. before heading north on 108 St. then east on 103 Ave. to 97 St.

“Plan to bring a few snacks and a few chairs with you, along with providing your children with some activities to pass the time,” said Clark.

“If you are heading down there around 8 a.m., you’re going to want to give yourself something to do.”

More than 215,000 spectators are expected to gather along the parade route downtown for the annual tradition at Capital Ex and flocks of people usually arrive around 9 p.m.

“You need to beat the rush in order to get a good spot,” said Clark.

The parade kickoff will be marked by a fly-by by four CF-18 fighter jets from CFB Cold Lake.

Edmonton Transit Services will also be offering free LRT rides before and after the parade for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.