Neighbourhood Canada Day Parade

While all of Canada are celebrating Canada Day in pomp and ceremony, the little close-knit neighbourhood of Pemberton Heights celebrated Canada Day in their own special way, a parade organized by the residents in the area.

It was simple.  Every participant dress in red and white, the colors of the Canadian flag.  There is a best decorated bike contest, so the children in the neighbourhood came with their bikes, scooters, strollers all dressed up with the Canadian flags.  Even the dogs came with red and white bandanas.   Helium balloons add to the festive spirit.  Elderly residents who don’t feel like marching with the parade got out their lawn chairs, sat and watched from their front yards.

The fire truck led the parade, and all residents followed by foot to Sowden Park where tents were set up for a hamburger and hot dog stand.   About 6 volunteers worked together with barbequing, selling, and collecting money.  For $2 you can get a hot dog or $3 for a hamburger complete with all the trimmings.  Drinks cost $1 .

The weather was beautiful,  the lawn was dry so residents simply sat and relaxed.  Many brought blankets to sit on.  All in all, it was a great community event.

We just felt good to be Canadians, and the parade was one way of showing it.

This post was originally published in 2009, and was recently updated in 2019 to reflect updated information.  Today, the  annual Canada Day Parade continues as a tradition at the neighbourhood of Pemberton Heights.