Next week’s Westside Daze will feature a parade as always, but a new tradition may begin this year by honouring outstanding members of the community as Parade Marshal.
The Westside Daze committee announced Wednesday that Peter Klein will be the first to take the position, largely because of his volunteer duties and of course baking cakes for the last dozen or so Westside Daze events until this year.
Committee spokesperson Wayne Moore says they wanted to focus the spotlight on someone who has been unheralded in his community efforts.
“It’s not just (the cakes),” Moore says.
“He is iconic on the Westside for what he has done…and how he has benefitted the community over his career.
“There’s not many people on the Westside, who have lived there for any length of time, don’t know him from the cakes he has baked for private and community endeavours.
Klein has officially retired as a baker and trained someone to take over the duties of designing and baking the massive cake.
As parade marshal, he will lead the parade ahead of local politicians and dignitaries.
This is the first year the committee has named a marshal and Moore says it’s something he would personally like to see continue as an honour to local volunteers and celebrities.
He said this year’s events include rides by Westcoast Amusements, Elvis and Eagles tribute bands and more.
While there are a few changes this year, Moore says they are holding the line on the important things.
“If there’s one thing about this event that we are all really pleased with it’s that this is a family friendly event and we are still able to ensure it is entirely free,” he said.
For more information about events at Westside Daze, check out www.westsidedaze.com,