Zombie Walk 2010

Zombie Love
Cute couple, don’t you think?! :p

Another fun half hour or so spent watching Robson Street turn into a zombie-fest as this year’s edition of Vancouver’s Zombie Walk took to the streets at 4:30pm today.


Before beginning the walk, the zombies gathered at a popular event headquarters, the Vancouver Art Gallery


The zombies are about to overthrow a model shoot right in the middle of Robson Street


A lone man attempts to fight off a swarm of zombies flailing all around him


As usual, some zombies are very stylish in their own wicked way ;)

Check out the Zombie Walk Vancouver facebook page for other photos and most probably at some point next year, the date and time for the next edition — don’t miss it! It’s a fun and unusual event. :)

And my photos from last year’s walk, here.

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Zombie Walk 2009

Zombie Walk #1
The many faces of the 2009 Vancouver Zombie Walk

A friendly mob of zombies flashed upon Robson St. today as hundreds — if not thousands — of people dressed up for the occasion. It was my first time witnessing the Zombie Walk and I thought it was entertaining.  Only a few costumes were especially gory — like the bottom right picture you see above — with most being “playfully” scary (in my adult opinion anyway).

Not having read much about that walk beforehand, I was expecting only a small group of people to roam Vancouver’s busiest street, but I was surprised as a steady stream of zombies invaded Robson St. for about 10-15 minutes.  Even after the main group was through, we had to dodge many more of them on the sidewalk.

I’m looking forward to the next one (as a photographer :) ).

Zombie Walk #2
More faces from the Vancouver Zombie Walk

Red Eye
Two red eyes, albeit slightly different from each other :s

Frankenstein's Mom?
Frankenstein’s mom? :)

A Wink Before the Kill
See you next year! ;)

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PRIDE PARADE 2009

Proud
Smiles at the 2009 Vancouver Pride Parade

Motorcycles
Colorful bikers started the show

Colorful Hairdo
Many drag queens strutted their stuff; this one had a colorful — and seemingly heavy — hairdo

Silver Body Painting
Lots of body painting on display also and one of many water guns at the parade — cover that camera! :p

Trojan Men
Many people wanted to politely jump into the parade for a quick picture with the “stars” of the day

2009 ST-PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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.

Cheerful Medieval Gal #2
The rain and cold weather couldn’t put a damper on this young lady’s cheerful spirit

Korean Dancer #1
A Korean traditional dance

Fire Dept.
“Where is everybody?!” Most probably where it warm and dry…

Boxer
“Irish” Boxer with a wet T-Shirt

The Police
As usual, the police started off the parade

CARIBBEAN DAYS FESTIVAL – MULTICULTURAL STREET PARADE

Queen Of Samba #2
The Queen of Samba is thoroughly enjoying this parade, and so are we

The “Caribbean Days Festival” was happening this weekend, in North Van, and although there were many activities to choose from, I only attended the Multicultural Street Parade, before the light rain “scared” me and my camera away (my girlfriend says she’s lower maintenance than my camera, lol; but in my defense, she wasn’t too keen on being under the rain with no umbrella either ;) ).

It was a short, but lively parade full of colors, rythm and sexy costumes.

Sexy Black
Sexy!

Colorful Dancers
Colorful dancers

Jamaica, Man
Jamaica!

Red Angel
Red angel

Black Manta
What is this “costume” called? All I know is it looks impressive!

Sexy
Another sexy pose

Silver
Silver all over, except the hands (why?)

Shake Those Hips
Shake that booty

Attitude
Attitude

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2008 SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Irish Clovers Flag
Luck of the Irish?  Those clovers don’t have four leaves! :p

This year’s Saint Paddy’s Day Parade was better than last year’s.  The highlights for me were the energetic Irish dance numbers — more plentyful than last year — and a strong Asian presence in traditional costumes which brought grace and beauty to the parade.  As far as improvements go, adding some music to the sports portion of the parade might make things a little livelier and, I can’t seem to figure out those bagpipes…  They all sound the same to me; I’ll try to listen more closely next year. ;)

The organization of the event was great.  No real delay and a very respectful crowd — thanks to the alert volunteers patrolling the event — made this a very enjoyable 90+ minutes of Celtic inspired fun.

Dance Steps
Celtic Dance

Graceful Asians
Simply divine beauty, elegance, and passion emanating from her

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound

Pushing the Ambulance
Helping the one who usually helps others :)

Music Junkies
Celtic music


Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) practicioners

Beautiful Asian
Pretty in pink

CHRISTMAS IN VANCOUVER

Christmas time is over for 2007, but the following reviews of some of the Christmas activities that took place during that period might help you decide which one you’d like to try in 2008:

1. Christmas at Canada Place

Conveniently located near the Waterfront SkyTrain for easy access to the general public, this exhibit shows a variety of intricate displays along the “Woodward’s Windows” on the inside, while the exterior part lining up the “Holiday Promenade” consists mostly of theme-decorated Christmas trees made by local organizations and businesses.

Unfortunately, although the displays themselves were quite elaborate, the linear route left very little room for the holiday spirit to seep into us.  My visit was over rather quickly, as Canada Place is not that big to start with either.

Location: Canada Place
Cost: Free

Santa's Little Helper

Reindeer and Canada Geese?

Santa's Workshop

2. Lights of Hope at St-Paul’s Hospital

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the “Lights of Hope” display is just that, a display, but a very large and colorful one at that.  And taking into account that it is for a good cause (funds go towards buying new equipment for the hospital, thus providing better care for the patients), the few minutes it takes to appreciate the lights is still worth the detour.

Location: St-Paul’s Hospital
Cost: Free

Lights of Hope

10 Years Running

Stars

3. Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The most elaborate of the five reviewed here; the only one that is a paying one too; but I’d say it’s worth every penny.  The moment you enter VanDusen Botanical Garden, you are literally surrounded by Christmas lights of all kinds everywhere!  The garden’s ponds also complement the lights very nicely.  This is a very sought after Christmas event as people were swarming all around the site throughout the evening.  Aside from the ever-present Christmas lights, there were also a few other activities on site: the “Dancing Lights” show was somewhat disappointing to me, as the “dance” was only a shutting on and off of lights synchronized to some music; there was also a magician performing some basic magic tricks that was nonetheless a huge success with the kids; the interaction between the magician and the kids made the show that much more enjoyable.  I had a good laugh and the magician gave a good show.

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Cost: too many options :p

Fountain Splash

Gingerbread House

Bouquet of Flowers

4. Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Another free event, this one was quite impressive too.  Lots of lights crammed into a tight, but well thought of area of Stanley Park.  Displays are colorful as they should, quite elaborate too.  For those who prefer to have some space for themselves, it might be wise to avoid “rush hour” though (let’s pretend it’s officially from 6:30PM to 8:00PM).  An optional train ride (not free) through some Christmas-themed areas can be enjoyed too.

Location: Stanley Park
Cost: Free (optional train ride (2007 prices): $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for kids)

Christmas Figurines

Christmas Pond

A Christmas Carol

5. Roger’s Santa Claus Parade

Just go back to my article on the St Patrick’s Day Parade…

Haha… All joking aside, the usual suspects were back: The criss-crossing police motorcycles starting the show, the Vancouver police marching band not too far behind, bagpipes, Work Safe BC (who thankfully traded their usual propaganda for chocolates this time around), etc.  Although this parade had its so-so moments too, it did feel more alive than the previous St Paddy’s Day one.  Musical numbers were varied, so were the costumes, and the floats were much more elaborate for this parade.

Location: Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Snow Queen

Christmas Carol

The Gift of Christmas

For those of you who need specific ratings for these events in order to decide where to go, here are my picks, in order of preference:

1. Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
2. Bright Lights at Stanley Park
3. Rogers’ Santa Claus Parade
4. Lights of Hope at Saint-Paul’s Hospital
5. Christmas at Canada Place

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