Since moving to North Vancouver 11 years ago this month, we have always attended the community parade. Rain or shine. I'm pretty sure there has been more rain. Although yesterday was in fact dry, it was unseasonably cold (big surprise - have I mentioned we're having the worst spring/summer in 50 years?).
Flynn loves the bagpipes as much as D does.
We get all silly with face paint (my friend's daughter did her maple leaf makeup all by herself. Pretty cool, eh?). It's a sea of red and white clothes, hats and flags, too. Vancouver is particularly well-clothed since having the Olympics last year!
We watch old men in funny hats ride teeny motorcycles
We eat delicious donuts from the little shop around the corner, Harmony Donuts.
We ditch the hockey sticks & have lawn bowling tourneys!
There are usually a few beers consumed, some families go camping (we always stay home and avoid nightmare long-weekend traffic), or get together for BBQ's, and the day is all capped off with fireworks. When I was a teenager, I lived in Canada's capital city Ottawa. The fireworks displays behind our Parliament Buildings were IN.SANE. The entire city is jam packed. William and Kate were there last night!!
We enjoyed fireworks from the West Vancouver seawall - the show is set off from a barge anchored about 300 yards off shore and it's a wonderful place for families to enjoy the amazing display.
I hope you're having fun this weekend, too! If you haven't already, scroll down one post and enter my first-of-four birthday giveaway. Each week in July I'll be giving something away. Yippee!