Celebration of Light and PRIDE

This weekend I took part in a couple of the annual events that makes the Vancouver summer very popular.

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT COMPETITION – TEAM USA – SATURDAY 30 JULY 2016

The first event was watching the finale of the Celebration of Light fireworks festival on English Bay on Saturday. Every year the Celebration of Light competition (sponsored by Honda) is held on three separate evenings with three different countries competing to be the winner. This year it was Netherlands, Australia and the USA.

I didn’t get a chance to see any of the competition last year so I was determined to catch the last night wth the USA and Disney creating the spectacular fireworks display. I cycled from downtown to Sunset Beach, where it was still busy but less busy then English Bay.

The display lasted for 25 minutes, starting at 10pm sharp. It did not disappoint.

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Cool! Smiley face fireworks

 

So guess who won? Yep…thats correct…the USA/Disney. Maybe they will return again next year 🙂

VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE – SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016

Another big event in the summer calendar is the annual Vancouver Pride Parade LGBTQ celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The Pride celebrations are usually over a weekend but the parade is a big part of it with colourful floats, glitter, flags and some amazing costumes.

The big difference this year is that Justin Trudeau was the first Canadian Prime Minister to march in the Vancouver Pride Parade with his family.

I did attend the parade last year on Robson street but was not fully prepared for the crowds, heat and dehydration and had to leave after an hour. This year I decided to bike down to Beach Avenue, where the parade ends and bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat!

The parade did not disappoint. There were floats and and participants representing TD Bank, Fido, RBC, Safeway, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps, CTV, Microsoft, Nordstrom and Starbucks. There were also floats from First Nations communities, charities and local businesses.

Many of the participants also represented the the LGBTQ communities and non-profit societies that I work with as part of my job as a Youth Worker.

Even the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP took part

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The guy in the middle I call ‘Mr Canada’ he had a lot of photos taken with the parade participants

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Last but not least, I got that all important photo of Justin:

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