We popped down to Elbow for Canada Day. It’s a fun little community. Things are pretty quiet until school gets out. But once the kids are on summer vacation and parents are free to take the family travelling, the town really comes alive. Once the doors open for the season, no one sleeps until after Labour Day, and many won’t rest until after Thanksgiving. Canada Day, July 1, is the day it all begins.
I thought we missed the Canada Day parade last year, but it turns out they didn’t have one. In fact, no one we talked to could remember the last time there was a parade in town. So, a parade this year was a really special occasion. People began lining the sides of Saskatchewan Street an hour before the parade start. No one wanted to get a bad vantage point.
At 2 p.m., right on time, the children’s bicycle parade turned the corner at the far end of the street, and meandered its way downtown. A few minutes later, the rest of the parade followed.