Wrestled my way in amongst the thousands of young families and other spectators as the 7th Annual Vancouver Rogers Santa Claus Parade wound its way through town along Georgia and Howe streets this afternoon. It’s taken me 6 Christmas’ to finally get my butt along to the parade, but I’m glad I finally made the effort on what was probably my last opportunity.
Featuring numerous marching bands, dance troupes, emergency service vehicles, community group floats, those awesome blue jackets and red mittens of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics volunteers, and, of course old Saint Nick himself, the parade drew a crowd of thousands as the dry conditions allowed people to leave home and flock down town to take in the colourful spectacle.
Although I was continually pushed and crowded out of any spot I tried to secure to grab a few shots, I did manage to snap a few frames from the afternoon. All-in-all it was a really entertaining event. I think the kids around me got a real kick out of the whole shebang, and Vancouver’s down town finally got that tingling “Olympic Buzz” back, albeit for a couple of festive hours this afternoon!