Sunday, September 10, 2017

The March Of A Dragon Horse

The last Saturday evening of July saw a big event in the La Machine urban theatre weekend here in Ottawa, with Long Ma the Dragon Horse making a long walk up from Ottawa's City Hall towards a confrontation with Kumo the spider, waiting on the grounds of the Supreme Court of Canada. That meant a long journey for the dragon horse (and the operators) up Elgin Street, past the War Memorial, and then along Wellington Street past Parliament Hill. I first photographed him as he was turning onto Wellington, passing by the Parliamentary block to the right housing the Prime Minister's offices.

Like many in the crowd, I kept following as the dragon horse walked up the street past Parliament Hill, stopping occasionally to look around at the crowd, sniff trees, or vocalize in different ways. I have videos here- #1#2#3#4, and #5.

Finally it was the end of his journey, and another confrontation with Kumo. This was as close as I got- the grounds around the Supreme Court were packed solid, but they're at the end of the line, lit up and facing off. This part of the performance ended with the dragon horse regaining his wings, which were being held on the grounds at the Court as part of the story. The following day would feature a final confrontation, but that was to take place at the War Museum. More from this series tomorrow.


  1. Oh My Goodness !
    Thank You for taking time to post this.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. These are amazing creatures and the videos show their fascinating and very believable motion. They've really drawn crowds, too. Thanks for sharing this event!

  3. Wow, that looks like a lifetime fun memory! Great pictures

  4. Hello, looks like a fun time marching with the dragon horse. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  5. @Catalyst: it was!

    @Parsnip: you're welcome.

    @Kay: the crowds loved it.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Tom: it was indeed.

    @Eileen: I enjoyed it.

  6. I can see why you wou would follow the horse. There's a certain amount of conflict and mystery that drags you into the story.

  7. If this were Washington DC, I'd think it was a Trojan Horse!

  8. Fabulous! Great shots William. Must be amazing to see these things walking down the street.

  9. That's just wild. What great fun and I love your photos with all the starbursts! Love the horse, too.

  10. What a spectacular event William, loved the videos, I'm afraid I cheated and went all the way to number 12 to see the grand finale.. so good!

  11. That really was a great event and obviously everyone was out to see it.

  12. @Red: it was an amazing weekend to take in.

    @Norma: that would be fitting!

    @Denise: it was!

    @Lowell: it was a blast.

    @Grace: I figured someone might look at all twelve in advance!

    @Sharon: a lot of people came out for this one.

    @RedPat: it was indeed.

  13. Amazing event! The videos were outstanding. Nice post William.

  14. The dragon looks pretty fierce. Does it scare children?

  15. Hope they got that all down on film.

  16. What an amazing event ...
    You did well with your photo's.

    All the best Jan

  17. @Bill: thanks!

    @Klara: it was something to behold while it was happening.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Kate: I found that a lot of children were completely caught up and fascinated with it.

    @Revrunner: many people were filming and photographing!

    @Mari: a long walk!

    @Furry Gnome: it is!

    @Marleen: quite so!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it's amazing.

    @Jan: it was fun to see.