July 3, 2009
Canada's birthday falls on July 1. I celebrated Canada Day in Parry Sound; the town where I was born and the town where my mother lives.
Parry Sound certainly has changed since I was a child. Fireworks Shmireworks I thought, as I remembered the 10 or 12 rockets that used to be let off at the town beach when I was a kid.
At dusk my brother and I walked down to the Town Dock. Many of the pleasure boats and yachts found in the harbour had been bedecked with flood lights and strings of twinkle lights. Tooting and honking, they sailed past the dock which by this time was thronging with people. I described it to my husband as a "Float Past". He corrected me saying the appropiate term was probably a "Sail Past".
The well-orchestrated fireworks display was a hit. I was really impressed. The photo above from www.parrysound.com/press/gallery/ gives the idea of what it was like from one of the many boat slips.
My brother, thinking ahead, brought not only beer but sparklers too and passed them out to the nearby crowd.
It was a really great evening.