Oh yes, I do. And today was Victoria Day here in Victoria, so to the parade we went. Along with 65,000 other people, it is said.
Parade attendance involves strategy – where to park? Where to sit? Fortunately this town doesn’t get up very early and we were able to whistle on down to the View Street parkade, get settled on Douglas Street and get the all important breakfast in hand well before the parade showed up.
Growing up in Calgary, where attendance at the Stampede Parade is practically mandatory I have certain expectations regarding parades. There should be horses. And pipers. And lots of audience participation. Things are different here. Light on horses, heavy on pipers, and needing serious encouragement for the audience participation part. Wilf has gotten used to me hollering and clapping and whoohooing and no longer pretends that he doesn’t know me.
As I mentioned, the parade is woefully light on horses. There were only three. But three beauties they were:
They were part of the Victoria Fire Department Historical Society display.
Of course, being lacking in the horse department meant that we were sadly deficient in the cowboy department, too.
But pipers and pipe bands – there were lots. Between the military and the American High School bands were were well taken care of:
We had saucy sailor girls:
and the kids from Reynolds High, on of our local schools
Once the parade was over we had a little lunch in the sun on Government Street, enjoyed some gelato while watching the people go by and went to see the newest sculpture in town – topiary Orcas!
Tourists in our own town!