The first Mr.PG was built in 1960. He was an instant hit. His early popularity gave Bill Jones, City Public Works Superintendent, the idea for a parade float for the annual Elks Day Parade. He stole the show. Standing 38 feet tall, the giant Mr. PG used a garbage truck hoist to duck under overhead wires and had a loud speaker in his nose so he could talk to the crowds.
Over the next few years, Mr. PG made numerous appearances in local parades throughout the province. In 1961, he won 1st place at the Kelowna Regatta and 2nd prize at PNE opening parade. In 1963, he became the talk of the nation when he participated in the Grey Cup Parade in Vancouver. Following his extensive travels, Mr. PG found a home in front of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce located at George Street and 1st Avenue until he was moved to his current location in 1970.re to edit.