When people notice that the parade route for this weekend's Havre Festival Days parade is pretty clean, they can thank the volunteers who picked up trash along the route Saturday as part of the twice-a-year Havre Pride Day.
Kim Cripps, the veteran organizer of the event, said several parts of the city were targeted by the volunteers.
Bonnie Bennett, a longtime volunteer, was on hand to help Cripps coordinate the effort.
Young people from the Youth Diversion Program cleaned out a big growth of weeds around the gazebo behind the Havre Fire Station, which was the headquarters of the effort,
Other volunteers spread out to other parts of the community.
The Pride program takes place every spring and fall. Traditionally, the fall campaign attracts fewer volunteers than the spring effort, and that held true this year, Cripps said.
Still, she said, a lot of trash was picked up, and the trash bins at the fire station and the Zip Trip were filled up.
Cripps paid special tribute to Bob Doney, owner of Bob's Greenhouse, for his work with Recycle Hi-Line, which encourages people to recycle cardboard, glass and newspapers.
She also praised Pacific Steel and Recycling for donating use of the recycling equipment.
"Our long-range goal (is) to get people to be green all year, not just two days," Cripps said.
"We are hoping people will take pride in where they live," she added.