Victoria Day Parade and wrap up

Alrighty so let me continue where I left off!
In the morning when I went down for breakfast I noticed that the streets were quiet but that there were people and families setting up chairs and blankets by the side of the road. I then realised how big this parade was going to be. After eating I rugged up with my scarf and jacket and gloves and headed out into the street. There were huge crowds and the parade had started!!


The floats were hilarious! Everyone was waving and having fun.

I’m not sure what the requirements were for being in the parade, but every average joe seemed to be there!! Local business owners and a lot of people had come across from the USA to perform.

Even the mysterious stonecutters/freemasons made an appearance! I forget their real name.

There were cheerleaders,floats, bands, bagpipes, flags bearers, dragons, everything you can imagine!!


I watched for about an hour but they were still going strong for a lot longer. I decided to head to the Royal BC Museum, which was absolutely amazing!!! There are 2 levels of exhibits and so so so much to see. They have diaramas of animals in their native habitat.

WOOLY MAMMOTH!

NOOOOOOO BADGER. EHHHHH BADGER. BADGER!!!!

Awesome!! They have a ship you can walk through, old towns with artifacts set up that look so real. They had a huge section on native first nations and there was an area with different masks that featured narration by the people with stories etc. I sat there in the darkness listening to them speak and I cried. It was incredible.

So then I decided to go back and buy some art from the market. I got there and there was only about 3 stalls left, but one guy was selling the carving that I wanted to buy. After standing there for a while he told me I could pick it up and so I did, and told him I wanted to buy it. He smiled at me and asked me where I was from. I told him Australia and that made it easier for me to ask him a few questions. I asked what clan he was from, how long he had been carving and who taught him to carve. I walked away feeling better about things, and with a beautifully carved hummingbird.

I decided to get a sundae from an old soda shop I walked past, so I got one called Muddy Sneakers which was choc and vanilla icecream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, cream and marshmallow on it. WOW it was yum hahaha.

I also went thrifting and ended up finding a vintage 70’s floral dress from a consignment store for $10. Bargain!
And that was pretty much my trip.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cristina
    May 30, 2010 @ 22:13:07

    Even with chairs and blankets.. wow. It had to be a huge parade!

    I like mamuts. There should be a huge one! 😀

    Love!
    xxx

    Reply

  2. and flowers pick themselves
    May 31, 2010 @ 07:40:37

    love the museum shots. so cool!

    xo Alison

    Reply

  3. Linda Bishara
    May 31, 2010 @ 20:01:32

    Well As exiciting as your trip looked, i seem to keep on going back to the Milk Float… only 2% wow that awesome! haha but it really looked like a blast of a time!!

    Reply

    • Alesha
      May 31, 2010 @ 21:06:05

      hahaha that milk float actually poured what looked like milk from it. Can you see it in the photo? THAT WAS COOL!
      Yeah it was pretty, wish I had have explored a bit more but I think maybe I was kinda lazy this time.

      Reply

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