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Pro Life Float at Alberta Town's Canada Day Parade creates a stunning reaction

On Friday, hundreds of people lined up on the streets of Olds, Arta to watch the Canada Day parade. This was something we couldn't do before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Most often they were treated with regular parade feed: fire trucks, Mounties, and various entries by local sports teams and community groups.

But one float in particular surprised quite a few spectators.

The float displayed the message "Let's continue the beat" and was entered by Pro-LifeRedDeer.

A pro life message was posted, but the float did not show a graphic image.

A resident who agreed not to name Global News asked about the suitability and subject matter of floats at a family event.

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Another resident also told Global News about the float. Jody Hegel has lived in Olds for the past five years and participated in the parade with her husband and four-year-old daughter. She said she was surprised to see her floating in the parade.

"For all the reasons that happened in the United States in the Roe v. Wade case, I thought,'Oh, that's funny,'" Hegel said.

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Last weekend, the Alls Parade was held after the Thunder floats became the center of controversy. It was strongly criticized for portraying and downplaying Sikh culture.

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Prime Minister Jason Kenny was asked about the parade becoming more political at the celebration of Canada Day in Calgary.

"It's up to the parade organizer to set the standard," he said. "I think what happened last week was obviously terrible. It was ridiculing a particular religious community, and it has no place in any kind of parade."

Kenny is a pro. I kept talking about life group floats.

"I think it fits well within the freedom of speech in a free society for people to express their deeply embraced views on the value of human life," the Prime Minister said. "I don't think it's quite like mocking people and expressing hatred for a particular religious community.

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"I don't draw a relationship between these two things."

Hegel said he was surprised at the appearance of the float, but regarded it as a matter of freedom of speech. I did.

"It's a platform for people to share their views, and it feels like people can accept or leave it," she said.

Global News has contacted the town of Olds to ask about criteria for participation in the parade.

Pro-LifeRedDeer was also contacted.

If a town or professional life group responds, this article will be updated with comments from them.

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