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Elk Point Canada Day fun from pancakes and parade to pizza

Roughly 500-plus visitors enjoyed a pancake breakfast and other activities during Elk Point's Canada Day festivities.
ELK POINT - Elk Point had no plans at all for Canada Day 2021, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, but Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement that the majority of restrictions would be dropped on July 1 set off a whirlwind of activity, with realtors Shirley and Glenn Harms immediately getting to work on gathering up workers, equipment and ingredients for a pancake breakfast, RCMP Sgt. David Henry getting plans underway for a parade, and the ElIrani family at Magic Pizza heating up the ovens for their second free lunch in two years.

An estimated 500-plus visitors enjoyed the pancake breakfast, youngsters on bicycles with bouquets of orange balloons paid tribute to the lives lost at residential schools as they headed off down the parade route, with more than 30 emergency service vehicles, business entries ranging from decorated cars to a shiny new cement truck, antique cars, horse-drawn wagons, a horseback rider, a unicorn pulling a carriage of princesses and even a Lightning McQueen lookalike following along.

Not long after the parade had passed, a block-long lineup was forming, headed for the pizza restaurant, where starting at 1 p.m., 150 free pizzas and pasta dishes were handed out in just 14 minutes, before everyone headed home or to the lake to find respite from temperatures in the mid-30-degree range.