CANADA DAY 2008

Better late than never…  Enjoy some pics from Canada Day earlier this year.

HMCS Winnipeg
HMCS Winnipeg, in the distance

Fire Juggler
Some fun entertainment early in the day

Maple Syrup Taffy Lineup
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.

En Français
A French singer at the Quebec 400 stage, in celebration of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary

New Wave
The band “New Wave”, singing covers from the 70s to the 90s

Marion Torres
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.

54-40 #2
The great Canadian band 54-40 sang all their hits for us — for free! :)

54-40 #3
On the last song, the singer invited people over to the stage to dance…

54-40 #4 - Invading the Stage
It didn’t take long for the crowd to answer the call…

54-40 #5 - Can You Spot the Singer?
This has GOT to be the best finish to a rock concert ever.  The band was totally submerged by the fans!

2008 PRIDE PARADE

Umbrellas

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
Gilbert Baker, artist behind the rainbow flag, created 30 years ago

Green Queen of Samba
Hey, I saw them at the Caribbean Days Festival last week!

Drunks
One of the funniest moments of the parade, for me

Rainbow Flag #1
Love the reflection on the… concrete?! :s

Spanking
Hanky Spanky

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman

Royal LePage
lol

Disabled Man and his Dog
What a pose!

Rainbow Flag #2
The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity

2008 POWELL STREET FESTIVAL

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).

Japanese Instrument
Traditional Japanese music (can someone tell me the name of this instrument?)

Tug Of War
Different activities are available for children

Beads
Fabulous Japanese glass beads (called “Tombodama”) designed by artist Minori Takagi

Procession?
Forgive my ignorance, I don’t know what this thing represents and what the ceremony was for (anyone?)

Japanese-Style Umbrella
Japanese-style umbrella (what is its official name?)

Taiko Group Pic
Group pic with a cheerful Japanese man

Food Court
Food section

Rock & Roll
Punk Rock band Riff Randells (in English)

2008 HSBC CELEBRATION OF LIGHT – GRAND FINALE

Finale Fireworks #1

And here ends what I would dare say is the biggest event of the Summer, here in Vancouver.

Ferry Funny
Ferry fun on long exposure: there were 8 ferries playing around doing formations just before the beginning of the fireworks finale

Finale Fireworks #2

Finale Fireworks #3

Boating Frenzy
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.