|A patriotic house on Woodbine Ave.|
|Sarah and the (non-functioning) Ferris wheel at noon|
By the way, in case any of you reading this are ever charged with hiring a company to provide rides and midway games for an event, I would recommend that you avoid "Outdoor Amusements" operating out of Scarborough. They clearly have no idea what they are doing and, judging from the size of the cars (a Caddy and an Audi) that two of the owner/operators showed up in today after the fair hadn't opened on time, it's obvious to me that not a lot of money is being invested in ride upkeep or paying for people to actually put the fairs together. There are a lot of kids and adults at the park today that are disappointed, disgusted or outright angry about the way things have turned out. I know for a fact that some of these kids have saved their money for today and there's so little to spend it on.
Anyhow, that was the black mark on the day. There were many more positives, like the weather, the parade (tremendous fun), the booths (many more than previous years) and the pool (open and jam-packed). Here are some of my favourite pictures from the parade:
Here are some pipers in the parade...
|Nine pipers piping|
...and here are the same pipers post-parade, having congregated in the same backyard on the street beside our building that they have every year since we moved here...
|Five pipers...erm...not piping|
...in a photo that was taken immediately after they performed this:
So far, being invited into that backyard to film the playing of O Canada on the pipes has been the highlight of my day. I hope the fireworks can compare favourably.
That's it for now. I have a few more pictures and videos which I will post tomorrow along with a summary of the fireworks display. Also, my apologies: this turned out to be every bit as wordy as a "normal" blog posting. Nevertheless, wherever you are, if you're Canadian I hope you are having a fantastic Canada Day. Now I need a nap, because I am old and if I don't get one I may not make it through the pyrotechnics tonight.