Everyone Loves a Parade

Canada Day 2006, we're all on George St. in Simpson on a beautiful sunny afternoon, waiting for the parade  . . .




Here they come . . .




Floats - and a tractor from the good old days . . .




Hey, this is a good parade . . .




A couple of harmless looking bikers - and what are those float riders up to?




More and more and more to see . . . and hear . . .




I tell you, they used to make real cars back in them there days . . .




Remember when they farmed with tractors that size . . .




Someone's throwing peanuts and bubble gum to the children - maybe we should get out there and pick some up for ourselves. . .




Quite a scramble for the goodies . . . the race is to the swift . . .




The Hockey Bags arrive, our favourite team by a long shot . . . in case you're wondering why so many young people are sporting t-shirts labelled "MY MOTHER IS A BAG", well now you know . . .

That grader looks familiar - and so does the operator . . .

Oh, oh - I fear the camera's running out of battery . . .

(Robert wasn't asleep on the job though . . . below are three photos he took.)

Pretty fancy courtin' buggy, I'd say. Mighty handsome couple too! Nice horse!

AU's float is no slouch either. That must be flour in them there sacks; it couldn't be fertiliser . . . in the early days fertiliser was manufactured by horses and cows,  and it likely wasn't bagged. . .

Here's Robert's photo of an old prospector who comes down from the hills every five years to take in the Simpson reunions, accompanied by his faithful steed Jack (Jenny?).


The oldtimer and Jack (Jenny) sneak out of Simpson while the celebration is at its noisiest, so none of them danged claim jumpers can follow him and steal his gold . . .
When Robert suggested to the old codger that we put the location of his claim on this webpage for all you good people to read, I believe some bad, blue words were  directed at him, and he left fast to avoid being on the receiving end of a swung pickaxe. . .
(Or am I making up this yarn? heh, heh)
Anyway, don't be afraid to visit this page again. I suspect you might find additional good photos.

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