St. Patricks Day Parade, 19 March 2017
Watching floats, bands, banners, flags, leprechauns, bagpipes, drums, dancers, hurlers, soccer players, dragons, shamrocks, leprechauns, crazy hats, green hats, green everything, but most of all, people.
This past weekend was the 5th annual Bloor Yorkville Icefest.
It’s an event that features ice sculptures in the park at Cumberland and Bellair.
The theme this year was Canada 150, as 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday.
below: Sculptures in an enclosure (i.e. no one gets close enough to touch). The Parliament building in Ottawa is on the left with a very tall RCMP Mountie standing beside it. I’m not sure who the sculpture in the middle is supposed to represent. On the right, a large 1867, the year of Confederation, on top of a large 2017.
below: A number of artists worked on their sculptures as part of the festival. This mountie and beaver had just been completed before I arrived.
below: A large chunk of ice gets cut into smaller cubes. Each cube contains a small toy that had been frozen in the ice. For $2 you could buy an ice cube and smash it to liberate the toy.
below: Complete with spelling mistake. Charlottetown is spelled wrong.
Also, the term Newfie is included? Apparently it’s no longer an insult to call someone a Newfie.
below: The warm temperatures were making some of the thinner pieces more fragile than usual. The little ‘knobs’ on this replica of the Taj Mahal were barely hanging on. Luckily the temperatures dropped enough that most of the sculptures survived.
#blooryorkville | #icefest17
Thousands of people (50,000?), men, women and children, rallied at Queens Park and then marched down University Avenue past the American Embassy this afternoon. This was the Womens March in Toronto, a march in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. It coincided with similar events in Washington, most major cities in North America, and other cities around the world. The Toronto marchers ended their walk at Nathan Phillips Square. It was a peaceful, positive event.
It was also a family event. There were a lot of kids walking with their parents (or being pushed in strollers). Many of the kids had made their own signs to carry.
There were also many people that came as groups, whether as groups of friends or groups united in a cause.
There were a few signs using the “We The People” designs by Shepard Fairey.
Donald Trump swings happily on a wrecking ball.
I march for equality and peace.
I’d rather have a queen than a trump.
There were lots of references to nasty women!
Many people wore pink hats. These mysterious two took it a step further, pink balaclavas.
Love not fear, and a pink hard hat too!
Free Melania | #freemelania
girls are strong
Women have rights and we’re gonna use them! … with rainbows.
A loud hear us roar!
Donald Trump was at the march too, even if only in effigy.
The march stopped for a few minutes when it reached Queen Street. There was much traffic confusion and chaos (and honking of horns) at the intersection of Queen and University until the police closed all traffic on Queen Street.
Orange? No. I’m peach. Great play on words.
Make America gay again!!
And that’s only part of the crowd at Nathan Phillips Square!
“Babies against Trump. We don’t like it when people call Trump a baby – we act better than him.”
Women’s rights are human rights.
#whyImarch | #womensmarch | #nastywoman | #lovetrumpshate | #noh8
Woodbine Park, Sept 2 – 5
below: Making their Toronto debut, Cirque No Problem (i.e Noa and Uri Weiss from Israel) perform the acrobatic part of their show while lip synching ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler.
below: Fire Guy juggling three flaming torches as he moves through the middle of the crowd.
below: The Privy People. A wonderful idea – porta potties as suites, each decorated with a different artist. I had the privilege to use the Frida Kahlo suite. An added bonus – the man in the lobby held my bag for me thereby solving another problem. And those three women swimming past? They are ‘Money Fish‘ , silent synchronized swimmers.
below: Bex in Motion with two flaming hula hoops.
below: Chalk Master Dave gets a little help.
below: There were a few small amusement park type rides including this ferris wheel.
below: Gaia, a character performed by The Mistress of Madness .
below: It’s big enough to swallow a whole family!
below: One of many shows with balancing and juggling, Kobbler Jay and his three knives.
below: Dr. Bubblito and his bubbles… and lots of kids (and adults) chasing those bubbles.
#buskerfestto | #buskersatthebeach