Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gay Pride Parade/Powell Street Festival: Vancouver, BC

Well, my wife doesn't ride her scooter much. We had it serviced earlier this year (a previous post), and replaced the rear tire and rim. Of course, one of the reasons we purchased our scooters a few years ago, was to take advantage of their small size and ease of parking so we could go to events around town. We thought that it would be easier to find parking. On Saturday we re-insured our Yamaha Vino, dusted it off, pumped up the tires, checked the gas and generally made sure that everything was ship shape. We heard on the radio that they were going to be closing the roads downtown soon so off we went, and found a good parking spot close to the action on Davie Street.

The Vino sure looks small between these larger bikes. We were 3 hours too early for the parade so our plan was to have brunch somewhere and stake a spot on the parade route. We found what we thought was a perfect spot on the intersection of Denman and Davie. On the south side, of course so we would not be shooting into the sun, which fools the camera into taking underexposed pictures. The parade was over 3 hours long. We thought that they should have stopped the parade for an intermission / washroom break. Here are a few snaps of the parade . . .





It was a very warm day and we were in the sun from around 10am to 3:30pm. After the crowd disbursed over to Sunset Beach we headed back to our scoots and scooted over to the Powell Street Festival over at Oppenheimer Park, on Powell Street just 3 blocks east of Main street. It was nice to feel the breeze on your face on our ride over. Of course it was easy to find a spot for our scoots. Our Plan was to come here for a quick snack


There were a few food vendors and most had line ups like this. They had traditional Japanese food, Salmon BBQ and other appetizers such as sushi. The best deal appeared to be the beef curry over rice. Hmmmm, large portions and salad too.
We walked around the park for a while and looked at all the handicrafts and also a wrestling demonstration. Finally it was time to ride our scoots home. It's always a good day when the sun comes out, riding our scoots was the icing on the cake.

PS: If you go to my YouTube Page: www.youtube.com/user/bobskoot you will be able to view my Gay Pride Parade Video. Just a sampling as the parade was over 3 hours long.

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