The annual Okotoks Parade and Children's Festival is returning to town this Saturday.

The day will begin with the parade, which the Community Event Specialist for the Town of Okotoks Connie Drake says will have plenty of activities and floats for people to watch.

"People can expect that there's going to be a lot of local businesses, some out of town businesses that have registered," explains Drake. "So, we got lots of walking groups, lots of music, lots of horses. It's going to be really exciting this year."

They have 82 floats registered for the parade, which include the parade marshals and town vehicles that will be part of the parade.

The route will be the same as the last two years, with the staging area being in the Stockton area, near the Fountain Tire.

"So, North Railway Street will be used for staging. And then Lineham, McRae, and Elizabeth streets will be closed. So, the parade route will cross over at Lineham and move onto South Railway Street and it will go along Riverside Drive. And then turn onto Northridge Drive, and then circle back onto Elizabeth, McRae and North Railway Street. Similar to what we've had in the last couple year," Drake says.

Drake says the best place to watch the parade would be from the Okotoks Art Gallery through to Northridge Drive, on both South Railway Drive and on Elizabeth Street/McRae Street.

The roads that are part of the parade route will be temporarily closed, beginning at 8 a.m., while South Railway and Riverside Drive will be closed as of 10 a.m. for the Children's Festival.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and is expected to last for about an hour and a half, giving people enough time to make it down to the Children's Festival.

"The Children's Festival is at the Arts and Learning Campus Plaza, which is close to the library, and it will be starting at noon. So, lots of vendors that are going to have lots of activities. We'll have some stage performances and the Children's Festival is always one of the favourites that the Town puts on," says Drake.

There will also be face painting, food trucks, stilt walkers, and a magician.

The parade is a rain or shine event, so keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.

The theme for this year is Community Togetherness.

"The one thing we pride ourselves on is the fact that we are such an amazing community and we do come together when it counts. Whether that's celebratory or otherwise, we're looking forward to celebrating everything that makes Okotoks a tight knit community."

Prior to the parade, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Okotoks Lions Club from 8 to 10 a.m., which is by donation.

For more information about the parade, visit the Town of Okotoks website.