Friday, July 02, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Yesterday was Canada's 143rd birthday. Since I still live in the nation's capital for a few more days, I went downtown to take in the celebration. This may be my last Canada Day in Canada for a while. Canada Day in Ottawa is always a bit crazy, but this year the crowds were particularly huge and crushing.

I saw a lot of this and not much else.
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Everyone was clamouring for a glimpse of these tiny blobs on stage, but who could they be?

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Excuse the blurry zoomed in shot

That's about as close as I got to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Later I was stuck behind a barricade unable to cross the street until their motorcade passed. The extra security presence in honour of their visit impeded crowd movements and made the crush worse, I think. The excitement surrounding their visit was overwhelming, and honestly a bit ridiculous, but it definitely showed the power of symbol and celebrity.

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Despite the crowds it was a beautiful day and night.

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And later it rained gold sparkles.

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I hope everyone, Canadian or not, had a fun day!

1 comment:

  1. How lovely. We have nothing like that over here. We have St George's Day but there is no day off and no one celebrates. All a bit boring really. Great photos. I was walking around Windsor once when the Queen went past in her car and waved. It was a nice surprise.

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