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Victoria Day Parade

Location: Victoria, Canada

I've become a tad cynical about things I'm told are "really big" here thanks to finding them smaller than my old hometowns of Vancouver and Edmonton, both considerably larger. This time, however, it was the truth. While retaining its small-town character, the Victoria Day Parade in Victoria is one of the longest I've ever witnessed.

With the flowers and the horsie under an umbrella, I'm thinking this might have been touting Butchart Gardens, but I didn't see a sign and mostly took the shot because it was a cool old car.

With Canada's oldest Chinatown, it's no real surprise to see Lion Dancers in the parade. Always a great sight.

This float really had me dreaming of camping. Almost the season, and I'm finally living on the island where I've pursued all my camping adventures for the last couple of years.

This totally made me laugh, and I doubt I've ever seen a more appropriate float for a grocery store.

Not the biggest float, but distinctly the loveliest, in my view.

I was told that this parade is one of the qualifying parades to go on to bigger and better ones down south, which explains why there were about a million American high school marching bands.

This band had the absolute best uniform: Devo. Distinctly felt my age when only about half of the group I was with had a clue what I was talking about. Ah, Devo...

Are those big people looking for their big shopping cart?

Expand this one, please. Yep. It was the hippy, dippiest float in the parade, which is pretty hilarious when you consider that Salt Spring Island is actually the yuppiest of the southern gulf islands.

The sign on this tractor tells everyone watching this parade that the farm's strawberries will be ready soon. Yeah, spring!

That's meant to be a big bathtub, and it's advertising the massive bathtub races up island in July. Been meaning to check that out for years.

Victoria has been a bicycling town for well over a century, I guess.



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With Canada's oldest Chinatown, it's no real surprise to see Lion Dancers in the parade. Always a great sight.

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With the flowers and the horsie under an umbrella, I'm thinking this might have been touting Butchart Gardens, but I didn't see a sign and mostly took the shot because it was a cool old car.

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This totally made me laugh, and I doubt I've ever seen a more appropriate float for a grocery store.

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This float really had me dreaming of camping. Almost the season, and I'm finally living on the island where I've pursued all my camping adventures for the last couple of years.

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I was told that this parade is one of the qualifying parades to go on to bigger and better ones down south, which explains why there were about a million American high school marching bands.

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Not the biggest float, but distinctly the loveliest, in my view.

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Are those big people looking for their big shopping cart?

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This band had the absolute best uniform: Devo. Distinctly felt my age when only about half of the group I was with had a clue what I was talking about. Ah, Devo...

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The sign on this tractor tells everyone watching this parade that the farm's strawberries will be ready soon. Yeah, spring!

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Expand this one, please. Yep. It was the hippy, dippiest float in the parade, which is pretty hilarious when you consider that Salt Spring Island is actually the yuppiest of the southern gulf islands.

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Victoria has been a bicycling town for well over a century, I guess.

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That's meant to be a big bathtub, and it's advertising the massive bathtub races up island in July. Been meaning to check that out for years.