Sunday, September 4, 2011

I Love a Parade!

“Labour Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in Canada since the 1880s. The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to December 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union's strike for a 58-hour work-week.”

While marking the end of summer holidays it also means back to school for our Canadian kids. Many towns & villages celebrate this long weekend with some sort of festival and Port Rowan is just one of those villages. Bayfest, formerly known as Tomato Fest is held every year with all the gusto and participation of everyone in the area.

Trillium Court enters two floats in the well attended parade and this year we helped the decorating committee with the ‘Nature’ theme.  Neighbour Nurse Nancy is shown here helping Lonny attach our trillium & dragonfly displays.


Nancy & I created all of our projects from recycled waste – dumpster diving at it’s best!



Leftover paint gave some life to our cardboard cut outs of petals & leaves.




Then the Cowboy attached them to this tobacco slat star frame.





We created butterflies and dragonflies from an old roll of foam while the body was made from swim noodles and secured with coat hangers.


An empty carpet roll became a very long caterpillar with spots sliced from swim noodles.





Lady Bugs just popped out of empty Folgers Coffee containers. Again, secured with coat hangers allowing them to just kinda flit about.





Can’t forget the bumble bee with wings of screen and wire. I think we spent more time on this little guy than we did on the bigger projects put together.




Lots of little details using some of those skills we learned in grade 2.





This was pretty serious stuff . . .




Well, some of the time!  Rolling on the floor laughing


Of course we woke up to pouring rain on the morning of the parade


but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.


Everyone came out to help decorate the wagons & trucks.





I guess everyone loves a rubber turkey Just kidding



Here they come . . . with almost everything intact. Awwww, you can’t really get the full effect of that butterfly on the truck’s antenna.


There! That’s better Nancy. I knew she could fix it. (I told you she was a nurse, didn’t I ?)






While this was not the end of the parade it is the end of this post.

You can view more photos here of not only the parade but a lot more about Bayfest here.

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