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Ogopogo sighted in Alberta

Kelowna and Peachland floats at the parade in Calgary - video by Brent Davis.

Visitors to the Okanagan can relax - Ogopogo is on vacation.

Kelowna's famous lake monster was spotted all dolled up country-style in Calgary.

Ogie was there atop the city's parade float along with Kelowna's Lady of the Lake and Princess as part of the annual Calgary Stampede Parade.

It was seen by an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 people along the parade route and tens of thousands more on television.

"It went really well," says Clarance Johnson who drives the Kelowna float.

"We got very well received along the parade route. Lots of people cheering and clapping and yahooing as we went by."

Ogopogo came dressed for the occasion, adorned in a cowboy hat, bolo tie with the stampede logo and a special belt with the stampede logo on the buckle.

The Stampede parade was the 70th parade for the new Kelowna float, unveiled in April of 2011 at a cost of $50,000.

This is the third time in four years this particular float has been seen in Calgary.

Many parades ask that floats be modified after two or three parades and Johnson says it's time Kelowna's float was refurbished.

Penticton's Peachfest float was also in the parade, we've included it in the YouTube video above.


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