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iN PHOTOS: Vernon Winter Carnival celebrates 60th anniversary

Walk through the ice palace as part of the 60th Vernon Winter Carnival.
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February 08, 2020 - 3:30 PM

It’s the perfect temperature outside for an ice castle.

Residents are flocking to the North Okanagan as the 60th annual Vernon Winter Carnival continues on its second of 10 full days filled with winter fun.

The carnival is celebrating its important milestone with the theme Vernon Winter Carnival Remembers the 60s. Winter Carnival is also showcasing its iconic ice palace in front of the museum in Civic Plaza.

And 60 years after the first carnival floats passed through downtown Vernon in its inaugural parade, the festival staple is just as popular.

Vernon Winter Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx said this year's parade featured 89 different entries, just four short of the 93 floats that took place in 1961.

"There are thousands of people that come out for (the parade)," Proulx said. "No matter what the weather the streets are always jam-packed, it can be snowing, it can -15 C, it could be sunny, it could be raining, people come out every year."

The parade was held at noon, Feb. 8. 

Activities include a snow sculpture contest, musical performances, a Lego space building party, a snowflake ball and more. The carnival festivities continue until Feb. 16.

Patrons are already sharing their favourite posts on social media.

For more information and a full list of events visit the festival's website.

- With files from Ben Bulmer

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