Sunday, March 15, 2009

St Patrick's Day Parade - Vancouver March 15, 2009

Under cold and wet - some rain and snow I headed down to Burrard and Georgia to take in this year's Parade - despite the weather the turnout was quite good. The Parade traditionally starts off with the Vancouver Police Motorcycle drill team who performed just up Georgia from this shot.

One of the many marching bands that took part in this year's parade - ah the sweet music of the bagpipes. The Parade was moved to Georgia Street this year because of the reconstruction taking place on Granville St.

The great Mayor of Vancouver - Gregor Robinson - there won't be a Parade next year as it will conflict with the Para - Olympics Games.

One of the themes of this year's Parade seems to be vintage cars - there were lots of them in the Parade - the weather is continuing to worsen and I am getting cold and wet.

Another marching band.

There were many small informal band groups marching along the street.

Many other groups were dressed in Celtic traditional grab.

Knight of the Round table.

Irish Wolf hounds - what great looking beasts.

A pot of gold for everyone.

A group of mascots - by now I am ready to leave - many other are doing the same as the snow starts to intensify.

Another vintage vehicle.

This VW bug is dressed up for the occasion - often see it parked on Robson St - always attracts a lot of interest.

A float with an display of Irish or more correctly Celtic dancers.

By now I am too cold and wet to stay and watch the conclusion of the Parade so head for the warm confines of Pacific Center.

This year's Celtic village is set up on the north lawn of the Art Gallery on Georgia St - it is soggy and muddy - don't think that many of the display will do much business today.

Meanwhile in Pacific Center - the place is packed - many have sought refuge from the elements.

More later



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