Better late than never… Enjoy some pics from Canada Day earlier this year.
HMCS Winnipeg, in the distance
Some fun entertainment early in the day
I was actually up a few stairs in this long lineup. Nice to see people enjoying Quebec’s traditional “tire sur la neige” (or maple syrup taffy in English) so much.
A French singer at the Quebec 400 stage, in celebration of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary
The band “New Wave”, singing covers from the 70s to the 90s
12 year old Marion Torres. She had won a singing competition at Canada Place in 2006. Great voice and great future for her I believe.
The great Canadian band 54-40 sang all their hits for us — for free! :)
On the last song, the singer invited people over to the stage to dance…
It didn’t take long for the crowd to answer the call…
This has GOT to be the best finish to a rock concert ever. The band was totally submerged by the fans!
(The 2008 Pride Parade just finished, a few hours ago) While I’m at it, I might as well add some old pics from last year’s pride parade also:
After the hugely popular HSBC Celebration of Light fireworks came to an end last night, the stage was set for the just as hugely popular pride parade and its very colorful participants. It seems like every year is a record year for this event. So much so that the organizers extended the route this year and it was estimated that the parade would last 2 1/2 hours. When you consider the fact that you have to get there one hour early or so to get a good spot, it means you’ll be standing on the sidelines for more or less four hours (the closer you are to the start line, the quicker it’s over).
Gilbert Baker, artist behind the rainbow flag, created 30 years ago
Hey, I saw them at the Caribbean Days Festival last week!
One of the funniest moments of the parade, for me
Love the reflection on the… concrete?! :s
What a pose!
The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity
I couldn’t stay long enough to see everything that the festival had to offer, but while I was there, it was time well spent at Oppenheimer Park where Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage were being celebrated (click here to read the festival’s official mission). The festival runs until today (Sunday August 3rd).
Traditional Japanese music (can someone tell me the name of this instrument?)
Different activities are available for children
Fabulous Japanese glass beads (called “Tombodama”) designed by artist Minori Takagi
Forgive my ignorance, I don’t know what this thing represents and what the ceremony was for (anyone?)
Japanese-style umbrella (what is its official name?)
Group pic with a cheerful Japanese man
Punk Rock band Riff Randells (in English)
And here ends what I would dare say is the biggest event of the Summer, here in Vancouver.
Ferry fun on long exposure: there were 8 ferries playing around doing formations just before the beginning of the fireworks finale
The usual boating frenzy after the fireworks
Next big event in line is the Pride Parade, today. This one promises to be very colorful also.