Tens of thousands of people packed into Charlottetown's downtown Friday morning for the 52nd annual Gold Cup and Saucer
2013 Parade Prizes
Most outstanding entry — MacDougall Steel Erectors.
Best first time entry prize — Red Rock Roller Derby
Best volunteer or service group entry — Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bully Campaign
Best band — College of Piping
Best commercial entry — TD Jazz and Blues festival
Most humourous float — radio station Hot 105.5
Best municipality entry — City of Charlottetown Tourism Department Float
This year’s theme celebrates heroes, with Korean War Veterans nominated by the public to serve as the parade’s grand marshals.
"Very excited about it, everybody likes that, it's a good thing," said Korean War vet George Marshall. "Near time someone started thinking about us."
"Makes us feel that we were wanted when we went. I can't describe it," said Korean War Vet Bill Monteith.
As the hundred or so floats and parade entries made their way through downtown Charlottetown, many agreed that this year’s theme is special.
"I think the parade of heroes is a great idea," said Bob MacNeill. "It was really nice to see them honour the Korean war veterans of P.E.I., and it's great to see them do things like that."
Mary Anne Donaghue and Heidi MacDonald agreed.
"I think it's something very important that we have to do is recognize our heroes — whatever they are, in this case it's veterans of the Korean war," said Donaghue.
"I think it's great," said MacDonald. "I think it's really fitting for a lot of people. We're all heroes in our own way.
Though the heroes theme was new, the parade as successful as ever. Organizers said an estimated 50,000-plus lined the downtown streets.
"If you look at the population of P.E.I., and then you think of how many people are concentrated on the streets of downtown Charlottetown today, it just goes to show that it's a great Island tradition and that people really love the parade," said Heather MacLean, a member of the organizing committee
"This is what P.E.I.'s all about," said Donaghue. "Getting together, seeing lots of colorful floats, and today saluting our heroes — It's all about being a community."