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Everyone loves a parade, especially the floats, the marching bands — the puppies.

That’s right, puppies.

A float carrying the ‘blinged-up’ dogs of friends and family members will be one of the highlights of this year’s Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) pre-Heritage Day Parade in the Devon Springs, Devonshire area tomorrow evening.

“Twenty years ago many of our clients could not go to the regular Heritage Day parade,” explained Juliette Baisden, Activities Coordinator at MWI. “So we brought the parade to MWI. It runs from Devon Spring North to Devon Spring South.

“Nowadays, though, we do take MWI clients to the Heritage Day Parade. We haven’t held our pre-Heritage Day Parade in three years, and people have been asking, and asking, when we were going to do it again.”

This year, MWI partners such as the Opportunity Workshop, Orange Valley Centre and the Vocational Rehabilitation Programme have helped make the floats. In previous years the floats were just made by people in their New Dimensions Recreational Programme at MWI.

There will be eight floats in the parade, each with a theme such as, Don’t Bring Sand to the Beach, and, Three Little Birds By My Doorstep. The, Don’t Bring Sand to the Beach, theme is a humorous allusion to the fact that the Vocational Rehabilitation Programme clients fill little bottles with Bermuda beach sand to sell to tourists, as part of the programme.

A float called, I’m Stressed Lets Take a Vacation on a Cruise Ship, will include clients dressed up as ship captains and tourists.

“Our float is called, The Disney World Cruise Line,” said client Chevon Burrows. “It was fun making it, although there was a lot of work. We made it out of cardboard boxes and wood. It will be put on a flatbed truck. The hardest thing was putting it together with the cardboard box. I am going to drive the ship during the parade.”

Other participants in the parade will include the Bermuda Long Riders Motorcycle Club, the St George’s Pathfinder Band, DJ Peppy, a horse and buggy, and more. On the field at MWI there will be a seniors’ tent, food, musical performances by students from Whitney Institute, and Elliott Primary, and face painting, among other things.

The show starts at 6pm tomorrow. There will be parking at Elliott Primary School on Hermitage Road, at The Barn, and at the Recycling Plant. There will be shuttles running from these areas to take parade-goers to the action.

Back on: Khyriek Woolridge (left) and Chevon Burrows stand next to the MWI Cruise Liner, which will form part of the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute’s pre-Heritage Day Parade, which will take place tomorrow evening in the Devon Spring area. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
The MWI Cruise Liner is made ready for the pre-Heritage Day Parade (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 08, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 07, 2013 at 2:59 pm)

MWI prepares for evening cruise around the neighbourhood

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