Friday, March 16, 2018

On Parade

Our St. Patrick's Day parade was last Saturday, winding its way from City Hall downtown to Lansdowne Park in the Glebe. I followed the parade route all the way down, taking photos as I went.  Onlookers varied in numbers along the way. Bands like the Ottawa Firefighters Band and bagpipers were part of the proceedings.

Classic vehicles were also part of the parade. The one in the lead was an old fire truck.

Cheerleaders for the RedBlacks were here. The RedBlacks, the 67s, and the Fury are all sports teams operating out of the stadium and arena at Lansdowne Park.

And as is always the case with this parade, Irish greyhounds and their humans were walking the route. I have more of them tomorrow.


  1. Everyone loves a parade, especially on St. Patrick's Day! Fun shots, William.

  2. Interesting the parade would be last weekend, since St. Patrick's Day is on a Saturday. I guess that frees up tomorrow for grand adventures!... or Green Beer


  3. Great shots and it looks like fun. I must confess to being mildly irritated by St Patrick's Day celebrations in Britain - whilst acknowledging there are many Irish here (and they are very welcome) - Paddy's Day is, after all, a foreign celebration (though the man himself probably came from somewhere in what is now England). I'd probably feel better about it if George, Andy and Dave were celebrated in equal measure; though, talking of measures - mine's a pint...

  4. Oh, what fun pictures. I especially love the old fire truck and those dashing greyhounds! Have a great weekend.

  5. Wonderful photos. Happy St Patrick's Day.

    God bless.

  6. Newfoundland has a lot of Irish descendents so the last photo made me smile, William.

  7. ...our parade is tomorrow, they will need their snowshoes!

  8. @Lowell: thanks!

    @Janis: they tend to do it in the lead-up to the date, which suits me fine, as I can prep blogs that way.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Mike: I think the idea's transcended the man himself in many places.

    @Mildred: more of those greyhounds tomorrow!

    @Victor: thanks!

    @Marie: that was one big dog.

    @Tom: we've still got snow here!

    @Marianne: it was.

  9. Where you find the Irish you find St Patrick's Day and sometimes even without.

  10. That must have been fun to watch. Nice photos of the event, William.

  11. It was so windy during our parade last Sunday but there were still lots of people out having fun!

  12. Must be pretty chilly in those kilts, that last dog will be warmer, I think ... ;-)

  13. love all the green, horses and doggies. so cute!! what fun! ( ;

  14. Great parade. Would have been fun to watch.

  15. What a fun parade! Hope the rain stays away for tomorrow!

  16. @S.C.: that's true. The Ottawa Valley does have quite an Irish descended heritage.

    @Cloudia: I photographed quite a number of dogs this time out.

    @Marleen: it was a good event to take in.

    @RedPat: ours didn't have wind, but the temperatures remain cool.

    @Jan: a big Newfoundlander like that stays warm!

    @Beth: it was a blast.

    @Red: it was!

    @Christine: here we've got cool temperatures at present. We've had snow over the last few days.

    @Sharon: I've seen them in the parade before. It's a good walk for them!

  17. "bagpipers"

    Cheering! My hubby is a bagpiper. :)

    Love the floats.

  18. Wonderful photos of the parade for St Paddy's Day ~ love the bagpipers!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Wonderful photos of the parade. I love bagpipers!

  20. Nice shots, William. I enjoyed seeing the dogs but I imagine they didn't like being dressed up in green too much.

  21. @Sandi: it's a lot of fun, seeing this parade.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Lois: who would dislike the sound of bagpipes?

    @Tammie: it was indeed.

    @Bill: dogs put up with it because they know treats are in store.

  22. Our town doesn't have a St. Paddy's parade so I really love seeing yours!

  23. That looks a great parade,

    All the best Jan

  24. Our little city has but one parade a year and it celebrates the homesteaders. Great looking dogs in you photos.

  25. It looks like the horse and dogs all took the event in stride.

  26. Klasse Bilder von der Parade.


  27. We have five parades in our area.

  28. Have a great weekend 🍀☘️🍀☘️

  29. A lot of fun, as usuall during the St.Patrick's Day. Good shots.

  30. @Jeanie: there are a lot of Irish descended people in the Ottawa Valley.

    @Jan: it is quite a parade.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Janey: there's always a lot of green out for the occasion.

    @Kay: they did!

  31. @Karl: that it is.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Norma: you've got a lot!

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you.