Photo Hunt: Busy

This week’s Photo Hunt challenge is “Busy”.

Friday was Canada’s birthday… Canada Day. In past years, I have gone downtown to take part in the daytime celebrations, usually with my sister, niece, and my Mom. However, Mom just isn’t able to walk and it is always too hot, crowded, and noisy to be really enjoyable. This year, Prince William and Kate are in town and participating in the official celebrations on Parliament Hill, it promised to be much more crowded than usual. I don’t like crowds to begin with. Being jostled and knocked about by far too many people and not being able to see anything, anyway, I just didn’t relish the idea of going. It’s just too busy.

Once evening falls and the crowds get even bigger because of the fireworks… and many of them are drunk it gets insane.

Instead, Mom and I went for a drive down to Kemptville, south of Ottawa and the town where we lived when i was between the ages of 2 and 6. We anticipated that there would be some festivities going on and we weren’t disappointed. We arrived in town just before the Canada Day parade and were able to get a prime spot to set up our camping chairs, in the shade of tree and waited for the parade to begin.

The beauty of the small-town parade is that everyone is really friendly and the streets are NOT busy.

We didn’t stay for the barbecue afterwards but went for a great drive in the country and then got home in tome for a really terrific fireworks display put on by  the recreation committee in our co-op. It was really quite good!

Thus, the end to a busy but not tiring day!

Killing time blowing bubbles

“Here is comes!”

The Canadian Legion (veteran’s association) and Pipe band

Vintage Canadian Tire Truck with CCM bike

Not sure who these guys were protraying

The Strawberry Tarts

And of course, The Shriners


  1. ian said,

    July 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

    really looks like a cool, homegrown parade! lucky the weather cooperated!

  2. zeusiswatching said,

    July 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the pics. I Googled CCM bikes and learned a little about velo history in Canada.

  3. July 4, 2011 at 1:04 am

    It looks like a fun time would be had by everyone. Sorry for the late visit

  4. Mar said,

    July 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Enjoyed your pictures, what a fun parade and great take on the theme!

  5. July 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    It looks like it was a fun parade.

  6. Julie said,

    July 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This smalltown festivities seem lovely and me too, I wouldn’t mind going to this than being jostled in a crowd.

    Happy weekend!

    My PH:

  7. YTSL said,

    July 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The small town festivities look lovely! 🙂

  8. magiceye said,

    July 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    belated HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

    must have been fun out there!!

    the bird in my post is a crow

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