27 February, 2006

Scrooges at this year’s Winter Carnival

I just witnessed the most delightful start to this year’s Winter Carnival. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, the parade started off with the “Princess Carriage”, containing probably the most un-princess (translate as ugly) princess I have ever seen. Still, she was throwing out wonderful candy to the spectators, so I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

There was, as is so often the case in these provincial parades, a noticeable disparity between the level of regimental rigor on the part of the parade participants. Some manage just fine…


And others do not know the meaning of a straight line…

Yet, considering the minus ten degree (Celcius) weather, hats off to all.

The funniest scene I witness were the city workers (notice bright orange uniforms) grabbing up the candy from under the children’s noses who were standing nearby (can't see the children in the photo). The parade participators throw candy from the floats or from bags on their waists into the crowds. Initially, I thought the city workers were going to hand the candy they pickup up over to the children. But, no, they scooped the candy up and snuck it down the front of their coats. What a hoot. What a bunch of Scrooges! Still, it’s not as if children really need any more candy then they already have…

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