I finally found my camera and so I can post a some pictures from our little local Canada Day parade.
I don't know what other local parades look like but ours always starts with the town cryer outfitted, of course, in a kilt made from the provincial tartan.
Local businesses take the opportunity to promote themselves a bit.
Anyone with a cool vintage vehicle drives in the parade.
Anyone with a cool miniature vehicle drives in the parade.
The kids wait for candy to be thrown by those in the parade.
There are horses and dogs, local community groups, usually pipers but none this year and, of course, firetrucks from all the local volunteer departments. And then there was this...?
So what is a float dedicated to the Boston Bruins doing in a Canada Day parade you ask? Well, turns out that there are a LOT of Bruins fans here. Yeah, yeah, I know it seems like we should all be cheering for a Canadian team but the only teams in the east are the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. So if you aren't a Montreal fan and don't want to lower yourself to being a Toronto fan there's generally one other clear choice. Boston is closer to us culturally and physically then most Canadian cities. We've got firm ties from events in the past like the Halifax Explosion when Boston came to the aid of Halifax and I've been assured by many people that Boston is so similar to Halifax that it almost feels like home to transplanted Bluenosers. Add to that that Boston is an Original Six team with more istory then half the Canadian teams and it makes sense that so many Nova Scotians love the Bruins.
And lots of the parade viewers loved that float, especially when it went past and they saw the fellow on the back with the paper bag over his head.
There is nothing more Canadian then taking a jab at the Toronto Maple Leafs.