Suzy Snapper
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Canada Day

Every year on Canada Day, our little area has the Salmon Festival. It's grown from a small community parade to one of the largest in Canada. It's 2-1/2 hours long and it starts about 5 mnutes from my house. This year was a little more special because the kids were able to come and enjoy it with me.

Our proud little Canadian was thrilled with the event. He has become obsessed with motorcycles of late. If there's any within visual distance, he will not listen to anyone or anything as he becomes fixated. So the parade was FULL of exciting moments for him and he was waving his flag like there was no tomorrow.

Steveston was founded by Japanese settlers and there's a long standing community spirit in the Japanese community. One of the best displays is this temple walk. It's believed that the spirits must hear loud chants from those carrying it, and it must be taken in a zig-zag route to ward off the bad spirits. It makes for a great moment in the parade and has most everyone chanting and yelling right along with them.

Of course, gotta love the bagpipes. One of my most favourite parts of Canada Day is waking up to the pipers as they get tuned up in time for the parade. This year, I got in very late Saturday night and they started at 7:30am but just hearing them put me in a great mood.

If I was in the market for a car right now, this would be it.

I am debating getting my hair cut. I haven't had it this long in years!

My little mini-me. If I'm taking photos, she has to be too. And I have to say she's got a great eye and the perspective from being just over 3 feet tall leads to some great shots.

Vancouver, British Columbia
A patriotic Canadian full of visions of a better Canada, random thoughts and a lot of hot air. Who am I? A struggling writer and photographer trapped in a corporate buyer's body. Steel shopping by day, and freeflowing prose by night. One day I hope to have the nights become my days, but am intimidated by the sheer amount of people who share my dream. So I read. A lot. I learn. A lot. I push myself. A lot. The world is a small place, and getting smaller every day. I'm proud to have friends in every corner of the earth, and abide by the old adage that there are no strangers, only friends we haven't met yet.
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