It was a lousy day for a parade. It was cold, wet, snowy at times and the usually packed crowd was showing breaks on its “front line” even as the parade started rolling. About an hour into the parade, the opposite side of the street was pretty much empty, the paraders themselves barely having an audience to parade to.
The ambiance got rained out, but luckily, my “assistant” — my wife ;) — was there to hold the umbrella as I took some pictures.
The rain and cold weather couldn’t put a damper on this young lady’s cheerful spirit
A Korean traditional dance
“Where is everybody?!” Most probably where it warm and dry…
“Irish” Boxer with a wet T-Shirt
As usual, the police started off the parade
Left to right: unknown guest; Rolando Preza; Raphael Geronimo
The party was already on as I joined a crowd of ecstatic concert-goers, halfway through Rumba Calzada’s set. The Latino beats and grooves had many people dancing and cheering at the Maple Tree Square in Gastown. I was amazed to see how band leader Raphael Geronimo was able to send the groove into hyperspace with his small percussion set. The solid rythm section was quite enjoyable to watch and hear too.
It’s too bad I didn’t have time to write this article earlier for you guys, as the band was set to play another free show at the CBC Studio One Jazz stage on Tuesday (yesterday). I’m sure many people took note of it when the band announced this other gig of theirs. :) Let’s hope they come to your neighbourhood soon! ;)
Raphael Geronimo (multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Apivor in the background)
Miguel Valdez and Rod Murray
Rumba Calzada’s Official Website