I finally got to see it! My first parade in nearly three years, and my very first Riverboat parade at that. What a morning. First thing we did was have a pancake breakfast at the Happy Gang Society. Then we raced off to find a cool spot to sit and watch the parade. Let me tell you, it was nice to be out and about town on a day like today. It was hot, yet perfect. There were lots of people at both events, but so far, the parade rules the day. It was totally amazing to see so many people out enjoying it. Just incredible.
First the pancake dinner. When we went inside the building, it was fairly full of people. We were lucky as a few people left. Me and my girlfriend quickly got a table and ordered our breakfast. I had a coffee with my food, so I had the coffee cup going. A very familiar fellow ask if I wanted a refill. I looked at him, and could not, for the life of me, place his face. I looked at my girlfriend, and asked her who he was. She said he is the Member of Parliament for our region. Then I got it, Nathan Cullen just ask if I wanted a refill. No way!
Anyway, on with parade. As you can see in the images, a sampling of some of the three hundred photos I took, and it was a very hot day. They say it 34C on the road, and many stuck it out to see the Riverboat Parade regardless. I was glad we found this shady spot.
What is this year’s parade without celebrating Canada’s One Hundredth and Fiftieth Birthday! If there was one thing this parade had going for it, colour was one of them. Of course, with the sunshine and shiny floats, you could not have ask for a better conditions for shooting photos.
This was a funny float. At first I though it was all about Fly Tying and Fishing, but then realized quickly it was the Flying Fish Store float. But the girls were awesome when I photographed them. Yes, it is Terrace’s deep dark secret…, it has awesome girls who live here–but do not tell anyone–as we do not want everyone to come moving up here for them. Anyway, these girls were at hit with the crowd. I am going to tell my friend Jack about this float, and how it is all about catching fish and fly tying. You think he will get it?
So later on I will post a album of this parade with the others images, and you should be able to see all the good photos I pick out once I sort them. There a lot of them, so it will take some time to go through all of them.
The parade was awesome! I cannot wait until next year when it starts all over again. It was a lot of fun. So much to see, and so little time. The next big event will be the firework later on tonight. Stay tuned!