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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Photographs from the Local History Room celebrate the parade. Through the decades, Saskatoon spectators have packed the city's sidewalks to watch and applaud parades. Whether annual events like the Traveller's Day, Children's Day or Labour Day parades, or special occasions such as a Royal Visit or soldiers departing for war, the parade has played an important part in Saskatoon's social history.

Saskatoon on Parade was curated by Ron Jaremko, with the assistance of Local History Room staff: Kathy Snider, Dorothea Funk, Mary Ellen Schnitzler, Margaret Hendry, Elaine Kozakavich and Tanya Hudyma.



2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

James Isbister in 1908 atop the M. Isbister and Son parade float on Nineteenth Street East near Third Avenue. Malcolm Isbister had opened his hardware store on Second Avenue in 1903. The rear of the building had a tinsmithing, plumbing and steam heating shop.

M. Isbister and Son was in business from 1903 until 1911 when it became Isbister and Pretty.

Date: [1908]

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

The Marriott family on the Saskatoon Nursery's prize-winning float. Taken during the 1912 Saskatoon Exhibition, 1912 was also the year Arthur Marriott took over ownership of the Saskatoon Nursery located at Avenue H and Thirty-second Street. Perched on the elaborate float are his wife Elizabeth, daughter Sybil, son Leslie and an unidentified young man.

Date: 1912.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

On Monday, August 12, 1912 the Sells Floto Circus came to town bringing with it exotic animal acts, trapeze and platform artists, as well as clowns and a Roman chariot race.

The circus parade began at 10:30 from the tents at the Saskatoon Baseball grounds on Second Avenue North and proceeded down First Avenue before turning at the Windsor Hotel on Twentieth Street. Along with horses, elephants, camels and tigers was a "blood-sweating" hippopotamus direct from the Nile.

Date: 1912.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

The visit of some five hundred American realtors to Saskatoon prompted Saskatoon's first automobile parade on August 1, 1913. Three hundred and fifty elaborately decorated cars representing every make of automobile in the city paraded the downtown streets. The Saskatoon Pipe band was one of the bands in the parade.

Date: August 1, 1913.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Harold Parr and an unidentified man (possibly Wesley Gerow) stand in front of the automobile Parr decorated for the CPR farm lands office in the 1913 automobile parade. Representing “Peace and Plenty”, the float was decorated with luxurious wheat. At the front of the car was an immense elk head while at the back were a couple of prairie chickens. Stalks of grain enclosed the canopy. “Peace and Plenty” was awarded first prize of $15.00 in the unique cars category.

Date: August 1, 1913.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Captain Alexander Ross and members of No. 3 Fire Hall Nutana pose with their fire truck. Decorated with flags, streamers and flowers, the fire truck was one of three vehicles the Saskatoon Fire Department had in the 1913 automobile parade.

Date: August 1, 1913.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Saskatoon sent its first contingent of volunteers off to war on August 23, 1914. The men, all with kit bags over their shoulders, marched through the streets lined with cheering crowds of people. The parade started out in an orderly fashion but by the time it reached Twenty-third Street and the subway, men in uniform and civilians marched side by side to the CPR Station.

Date: [between 1914 and 1918]

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

The second contingent of men of the 105th Regiment Saskatoon Fusiliers march down Twenty-first Street East past the Customs Office to the Canadian Northern Railway Station and the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Winnipeg. The 105th Fusiliers were organized in 1912 as the first military unit in Saskatoon. Its officers were young Saskatoon business and professional men.

Date: 1914.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

During the First World War Christ Church Anglican was called the soldiers’ church. Accompanied by a military band, soldiers march from the church through Caswell down 28th Street near Avenue D on their way downtown.

Date: [ca. 1915]

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

On Saturday, July 19, 1919 the Saskatoon newspapers reported that the “whole city turned out to celebrate victory and peace.” With decorated cars and floats, soldiers and school children marched to City Park where John Philip Sousa’s band played and speeches and tributes were given. Marching down 23rd Street dressed in various costumes, members of the United Commercial Travellers’ band were part of the Victory Parade.

Date: July 19, 1919.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 589 stand beside their floats at the Saskatoon Power House. The floats were part of the labour unions’ section in the 1919 Peace Parade and depicted electrical advances in household laundering since the local’s formation in 1910.

Date: 1919?

Note: Original is sepia toned.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

A limousine entirely covered with white tissue and green trimmings was the entry from Harold W. Parr Men’s Wear in the 1928 Travellers’ Day parade. Wearing white outfits the small footmen on the coach have been identified as Willie Cowan, Crosby Johnson, Marion Parr, Gordon Parr, Stewart Parr and Marvin Johnson. Harold Parr’s efforts won first prize.

Date: July 1928.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Caged “wild” animals pose with their small owners in front of the Hudson’s Bay Service Station at 215 Second Avenue North. From the 1920s until the 1950s, the annual children’s Pet Parade was a big event in downtown Saskatoon. With decorated bicycles, tricycles, doll buggies and wagons, Saskatoon youngsters, many in creative costume, paraded their dogs, cats, rabbits and other family pets for fun and prizes.

Date: [193-]

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Pioneer florist and proprietor of the Saskatoon Nursery, Mrs. Elizabeth Marriott stands beside her float in the 1930 Travellers’ Day parade. The automobile decorated with dahlias and white coloured tissue was awarded first prize.

Date: July 1930.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

“Help the Lions help the blind” is the motto on this 1938 Travellers’ Day float. The Saskatoon Lions Club was formed on March 24, 1937 with aid to the blind a major club activity. Work with the blind started in 1938 when the Lions Club helped the north Saskatchewan branch of the CNIB hold its first annual white cane tag day. On September 17 the citizens of Saskatoon donated $832 to the blind.

Date: July 1938.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

The Maguire Lumber Company float in the 1938 Travellers’ Day parade in front of Third Avenue United Church. Established in 1927 by F. A. Maguire, the Maguire Lumber Company was located at Second Avenue and King Street. Dealers in retail lumber, building supplies, coal and wood, the company would later become Reliance Lumber.

Date: July 1938.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

On June 3, 1939 their majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Saskatoon. Huge crowds of some 157,000 people thronged the streets. It was the greatest civic welcome ever staged in Saskatoon. A display depicting a cross section of Saskatchewan agricultural life was arranged in a large area on Pacific Avenue near the freight sheds. The royal automobile parade is seen turning onto 22nd Street against the background of industrial exhibits.

Date: June 3, 1939.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Dressed in a sheer white gown Florence Vanalstine appeared as Canada on the Palm Dairies float in the 1940 Travellers’ Day parade. The entry, which placed second in the “B” section, was perhaps the most striking in the entire parade and drew great applause as it passed by.

Date: July 26, 1940.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Spectators on Spadina Crescent beside St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Cathedral watch as armoured tanks and military personnel, including men and women of the Army, Navy and Air Force march in the Army Day parade.

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2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Crowds of Saskatoon citizens thronged the streets on Wednesday, October 3, 1945 to welcome home the 1st Battalion, Saskatoon Light Infantry. The returning soldiers marched from the Canadian National Railway station down 21st Street to Kiwanis Park where the civic welcome was given. It was an historic day, for the welcome back from the war marked the disbanding of the unit.

Date: October 3, 1945.

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