The Big Parade

The FOY Criers begin the parade

The FOY Criers begin the parade

Trip 2 – Day 46

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What a fun day!  We were invited to the neighborhood breakfast and parade watching, which was to begin around 9:00.

Folks are beginning to gather

Folks are beginning to gather

I noticed that this wasn’t exactly a firm time, but more accurately, the latest time to arrive.  The partying began MUCH earlier, with champagne, etc.  I brought a bottle of Bloody Mary mix, which was a HUGE hit.  One table for food, one table for the drinks.

The food and drink

The food and drink

Really, it was great fun.  If I said that people were enjoying themselves, it would be an understatement.  (The “enjoyment factor” lasted until about 7pm, when the early morning partiers crawled back to their respective rigs)  We met the folks on our street, ate, visited, and then got down to the business of watching the parade.

Watching the parade

Watching the parade

The starting point of the parade was some distance from us, by the garden plots.  It weaved through the park, ending at the “town square,” which is not too far from our street.  Dad, ever the engineer, noted that it arrived on “North Tully” (our street) at 10:20, and the last entrant walked past us at 10:30.  It did seem like more than 10 minutes of fun.  As someone mentioned to me, almost anything is viewed as appropriate attire here at FOY.  For the sake of clarity, I will add that, along with that statement, almost anything is viewed as entertaining.

The FOY Artists

The FOY Artists

The Norwegian entry

The Norwegian entry

Another float -- again, it was sometimes difficult to figure out who they were representing

Another float — again, it was sometimes difficult to figure out who they were representing

The Dutch entry (holding the sign on the left side, is the husband of my needle felting friend, Renata)

The Dutch entry (holding the sign on the left side, is the husband of my needle felting friend, Renata.  He is wearing wooden shoes)

My (needle felting) friend, Renata with the Dutch "walkers"

My (needle felting) friend, Renata with the Dutch “walkers”

An ATV "windmill"

An ATV “windmill”

At the end of the parade, we wandered down to the large parking lot area between the office and pools, which is known as the “town square.”  There were booths set up, and folks selling everything from “chunky (handmade) jewelry,” to cinnamon rolls and knives.  Additionally, Freddy’s Fountain had hot dogs for sale.

The Town Square, full of activity (and hot dogs) after the parade

The Town Square, full of activity (and hot dogs) after the parade

Craig and I had enjoyed these and Dad went back to the Hag.  The parade is the culmination of much competition between Canadian and American “teams”  (think-water volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, billiards, etc.) and the town square also had a large viewing area set up for the awards ceremony for these “Can-Am Games.”   I noticed that this event seemed a lot like TNT, with a lot of folks singing and playing instruments.  This seems to be a group that enjoys their music.

The "stage area" for the Can-Am Games awards

The “stage area” for the Can-Am Games awards

The rest of the afternoon consisted of a stroll through the park, and Wiley going to the dog park.  We had a wonderful bean dinner with the last of the sopes, and finished things off by going to the twice a month “Classical Concert,” at FOY.  This is, of course, musical entertainment by singers and musicians.  I will leave it at that.

Today’s Weather:  Warm and sunny

Daytime temperature:  In the high 70’s

Nighttime temperature:  In the upper 40’s

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