Monday, August 07, 2006

Gay Pride in Vancouver

Last week was Gay Pride in Vancouver - Perfect weather all week for the festivities! The week's activities culminated in the parade through the West End neighbourhood. The event is the largest parade held in Vancouver with about 200,000 spectators, 140 different groups marching and lasting 2 hours. Great fun for everyone.

A special treat for us was getting to meet and spend time with Daniel and Alan of "Would Be Canadians" blog. We saw the final night and finale of the HSBC Celebration of Light fireworks on Saturday evening together. On Sunday we watched the parade, walked around the West End and had lunch. Great to get to know these guys and share information on the immigration process . . . . .

Some other shots follow . . . . . .




Stilt-walkers including one with a hoop skirt . . . .


How do they do that??







National NDP Leader Jack Layton made an appearance . . . . . Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the metro Vancouver area the same day but was not in attendance . . . . What a surprise, eh?




Liberal MP H
edy Frye was also marching . . . .

Where's Stephen??











Oh, there's Stephen!! He's on the puppet strings that "w" is holding . . . . How appropriate!!






Guess we'd better keep an eye on this to avoid any
future problems, huh???

(Sign reads: "Queer Eye on the Stupid Guy"
with a picture of "w" ((which stands for "wrong")) )



WATER FIGHT!!!!!!!

The local guys and their SuperSoaker water guns valiantly attempted to hold off the Vancouver Fire Department's pumper truck . . . . Alas, the professionals appeared to win this contest . . . . . . . .


2 comments:

Niko said...

Glad you guys had fun! We went to Pride there a few years ago and started our love affair with Canada!

West End Bound said...

And we continue our love affair with Canada . . . .