11 August 2013

Cariwest Festival, Parade Etiquette, and Rude People




 The Cariwest Festival began today with a parade through downtown...









I didn't know the transit crew had a pipes and drums band!  They were terrific!!






This float represents the pyramids of Muttart Conservatory.









I had to crop a few photos to take out the people who butted in front.












This little girl was born to dance and dance she did with every group that passed by.



















If you are a friend on Facebook, you will have seen my rant over the rudeness of adults who stood in front of those seated on the curb and/or chairs (children included), so they could see or take photos through the entire parade!!  Can you believe this?  (more in the next few photos)  We were there at least 1 1/2 hours in advance and they arrived late.  Ahem....





The lady wearing black and white is not in the parade but look how close she stood to watch.  


One of those seated did ask a few times for those in front to move or sit down.  Some did begrudgingly.  My husband threatens to take a water gun next year.  (he wouldn't but it would feel good, right?)  What would you do?



 After the parade we stopped at Churchill Square, the festivities centre, and got a couple shots of the unique costumes.  


I've wanted to go to this parade for years and now that I finally have done so I'm glad I/we did.  I love the colourful costumes, the music and the culture shared here today.  Does your city/town have something similar?






20 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have some nice pictures. We were lucky we didn't encounter people standing in front of us thank goodness but I found it rude for a parade advertised everywhere to start at noon didn't start till almost 1pm!!!! We had been out there for hours.
Nice post
Sharmon

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful floats and the little girl sure is cute dancing along. We have parades here but don't often go. Enjoy your day!

Gerald (SK14) said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun

Leovi said...

Great photos! How nice festival, great fun!

Penelope Postcards said...

I think I would enjoy the parade as best I could. This is such a spectacular turnout and such wonderful costumes. You did very well taking pictures of people dancing and moving about. In my neck of the woods our local annual parade (due to various reasons) had very few floats. :(

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Looks like it was the perfect day for a parade.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Fantastic photography ~ what a celebration ~ thanks, carol, xo

N Buckles said...

HI I am so happy that you took time to post comment on my blog today. I hope you will come and visit me again soon. By the way I totally agree with your comment about those people who just stand in front of you. So rude. Love the photographs, even though I was not there I felt like I actually saw the parade.

Louis la Vache said...

hmmm...
Louis thought the U.S., particularly California, had a lock on the world supply of rude people.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fantastic series of shots Shirley, being a Scot I loved the lads & lassies in their kilts :) Yeh there's not much to be done about rude people, it happens all the time, so annoying though when you're just about to take the perfect shot :))

Halcyon said...

Wow! You got lots of great shots. Glad the rude people didn't ruin everything. :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful scenes from the festival.

Karine said...

We have a caribbean festival in Montreal as well, their parade costumes are always fantastic! As for the people butting in front of you, I would definitely go for the water gun!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful parade showcasing your cosmopolitan city -- beautiful pictures. We haven't been to a great parade like that since the winters we spent near Mobile Alabama and New Orleans (where they do know how to throw a parade as well as party). Bummer about those poor-mannered people though (I'm sure every place has their share of those, sadly).

LostRoses said...

Great photos, Shirley! We have our annual Western Welcome Week parade coming up on Saturday. Not so many dancing girls as there are dancing horses! Love all the spectacle of it. I think a lot of rude people get away with it because they know many polite people won't call them out on their behavior. The water gun sounds good!

Marie said...

We don't have such a parade in Montpellier, because we do not have wide long avenues here. The only big parade is the Gay Pride, which is something very different from your festival, the défilé du 14 juillet, and of course our traditional demonstrations (I think we are going to have a few ones in September, and not only in Montpellier :-)

Marie said...

I think I forgot to mention that i spent a long while watching your photos. I enjoyed your "reportage" :-)

Karen said...

Wow, what a parade! Your photos are great, despite the folks who butted in. I don't know what to do about that either, but I know they make life miserable for others.

This was a fantastic post, and I felt like I was right there with you!

EG CameraGirl said...

What a lot of fun!

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