The WL Stampede Parade Society is now recognized as a non-profit in the province.
President Willie Dye made the announcement in front of Williams Lake City Council last night, making it official that work for the 2024 parade is underway.
He says that if they weren’t able to receive the certificate, it wouldn’t be easy getting the parade up and running.
“There’s issues like buying insurance, well we couldn’t buy insurance on our own, because we weren’t recognized in law I guess.” says Dye.
“We have a trailer which I couldn’t register in the name of the parade, because we had no status as far as the Ministry of Highway was concerned.”
Dye added that the process to get everything completed took roughly a month and a half, with most of the time being from buying the name.
This allows an early start for preparing for the parade coming up, which includes deciding on the parade route, talk to sponsors, and apply for money.
He says one of the biggest decisions is who will be the 2024 Honourary Parade Marshal.