I took part of yesterday off to enjoy some of the Canada Day activities that were within walking or cycling distance of where I live. First I had a late breakfast at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club, where I leisurely sketched the aftermath of my meal while drinking hot tea. I also sketched a few of the people and activities around me, like the sailing instructor grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for his students.
The weather hasn’t been all that participatory lately with outdoor activities, but we were fortunate to have a break from the rain for most of the day. But at 6 p.m., just as the village parade was starting, so did the rain. And it got progressively heavier as the parade itself progressed. As the parade ended, it began to pour. People scattered for shelter under building porches and eaves, hoping to wait out the deluge. I had an umbrella so walked home, but it poured for a good 45 minutes or so. Later in the evening, the weather calmed down so that the festival in the park could continue and a fireworks display at 10 p.m., which I walked down to the waterfront to see.
Below are some video that I took of the parade. Twice you can hear someone trying to give me a small Canadian flag but I had no free hand to take one as I was balancing my umbrella and the video camera. I particularly like the guy at the end of the second video, hamming it up. His shirt says, “I’m not only perfect, I’m Canadian too!”
Warning: Lengthy, of so-so quality, full of loud sirens, horns…and bagpipers. And fairly boring. : )