Posted by: Karen | July 6, 2008

Summer Celebrations

This was one of those weekends when there are so many fun things to do around here it’s overwhelming. Friday morning Little Runner and I got up bright and early. We left the house at 6 am to take the train downtown by 7; backpack, lawn chairs, cowboy hat and boots included.

Our pics of the Calgary Stampede Parade look strangely similar to last year’s, as we snagged the same spot as last year. Maybe next year we should sit somewhere else. We were able to sit right along the curb, but by 9 am there were people for at least two rows behind us.

The parade didn’t make it to us until around 9:20, and it was a lot of fun to watch. Little Runner liked the City of Leduc float best, because it was shiny. I liked the Chinese dragons, and we both enjoy seeing many, many horses. I also liked the dancers and many interesting costumes.

Colombian Dancers

Little Runner shyly faded into the third row when the noisy tanks came by, but she was still curious to see them. The last of the parade passed us by at around 12:30. We stopped for a snack at a quiet, air conditioned food fair and then hopped the train home again by about 2.

After a brief rest, we drove across town to Spruce Meadows to watch the Prairie Dogs and the horses jump. It was a Little Runner kind of day, so we watched more dogs than horses, but we made some good memories together. Kozy Shack, sponsors of the Prairie Dogs, gave out free puddings. Yum.

Flying Finish

Between the pudding and the playground we got to see Olympians Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar compete in the last round of the evening. Eric won the prize and we enjoyed hearing our anthem while the flag was raised.

The weather couldn’t have been nicer. In the morning we had some cloud cover at the parade, keeping it from getting incredibly hot until the last hour of the parade. Thundershowers went through some of the city while we were at Spruce Meadows in the evening, but they missed us, only sending refreshing breezes our way.

That was just Friday. Saturday is yet another story.

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