Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hey Hey! It's a PARADE!!

Question: What's one advantage of living with a Bridgewater resident?

Answer: I get to do what the locals do!!

Apparently this is the week of The Big EX (aka The South Shore Exhibition). I don't know too much about it except that the week includes:
  • oxen (show) judging
  • show horses
  • pull horsing
  • dairy clipping competition (what in the worrrrld??? someone please enlighten me :P)
  • barrel racing
  • local musical artists & entertainment
  • Christmas tree judging
Sounds like some good 'ol country fun to me ;)

Oh, and of course, what's a celebratory week without a parade?? Although I may not be able to make it to the other festivities I ventured with Lynsee and some of her friends to a crowded King Street.

There were a lot of floats. A lot. The parade was definitely over an hour long. No word of a lie. Some of my favourites were the following:

Tractors in parades = cool :)

I'm not quiiiiite ready for Christmas yet, but this was a good teaser!

This float was for the fisheries museum. There was a dancing fish. It was epic.

My heart skips a beat whenever I hear bagpipes (*correction: well-played bagpipes). I almost wanted to stand guard and put my hand over my heart. I'm such an emotional sook!

I love the old-school paddy wagons. And it was pulling mini four-wheelers behind!

Then there was this random guy pulling a tree branch! No idea if he does this every year but everyone was cheering him on. It's pretty cool when you're your own float :)

I've actually altered this photo in iphoto using the antique setting. It's an old grocery vehicle that was used back in the day by Sobeys.

And at the very end? Oxen! They did not disappoint! Parades are always better when live animals are involved :)

What do you love most about your hometown? Does it have any unique traditions or parades?

1 comment:

  1. Haha how fun!!! My dad's town does something like that as well and I love it!! But that could be because I have a soft spot for cowboys ;)