Car parade organizer Melanie Hanson

Posted on June 12, 2020

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Posted By Kendall Robertson
Melanie Hanson holding a 400th parade sign

Kendall Robertson

You may have seen parades in your neighbourhood over the last couple of months. Over the last 12 weeks, there have been more than 500 car parades organized by Melanie Hanson’s group on Facebook. It started as a way to lift her daughter’s spirits as social distancing recommendations from the province made it impossible to host a regular birthday party. Hanson says the demand for parades exploded overnight. “We never expected it to go this long,” says Hanson. “It’s been very well received… at the time it was very much needed.”

The parades aren’t just for children’s birthdays… just over a dozen core volunteers have donated their time and gas money to drive by seniors’ homes and the hospital in an effort to show support for those who may need it. Hanson estimates hundreds of other community members have joined in for a parade or two since March. “Thank you to the many people that have supported us and helped us make this happen… this was something [volunteers] chose to do… it can’t be a parade without multiple people, it took a team effort.”

Now that social distancing rules are becoming more relaxed and businesses are starting to re-open, Hanson says the team will do its last parade on June 25th.

About the author: After completing a Broadcast News diploma at SAIT in Calgary, Kendall worked in a small TV newsroom in Dawson Creek. She was delighted to move home in 2017 to work at the local TV news station, where she reported on a variety of stories that affect northern residents, anchored the evening program, and produced an hour-long documentary about the history and growth of Prince George called “This Place We Call Home.” Kendall is a huge supporter of all things local and is excited to work with entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.