Monday, November 19, 2012

Double the Fun

We decided to take the GO train downtown yesterday as there were one million people estimated to attend the annual Santa Claus Parade. The Professor takes the train every day so he knows the drill and he has a pass.

It was a cool but clear and sunny day. The perfect day for a parade, and a ballet, and a Raptor's game and a football game being played in Montreal, but devotees dressed in Argo Blue were also a pretty enthusiastic bunch headed for the bars. I got the last seat and the Professor stood. He's good like that.

This young man captured my attention while we waited in one of the shelters track-side. He was oblivious to everything but his art and his music. I loved watching him shade with his stabillo pencils.

Alice in Wonderland. This was my main event. Second time around it was even more perfect.

The ballet talk was wonderful and interpreted some of the fun to come. Love the hat.

Lots of people attend the pre performance talk. The space is on the stairway in the Sony Centre. It is full of light and windows. The parade is also starting!

Just before the call to theatre bells, the first of the parade passed. What a perfect vantage point to see it all.

At the interval, the parade progressed and the cast came out to sign programs. The frog footmen are a favourite.

"When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick."

Santa waved to us all as we were just about on the same level!

I hope this happens some day when Zoë is old enough to attend the ballet. There always seems to be a ballet performance when there's a parade. The next one is St. Patrick's Day!


  1. What a wonderful day!!!! Yeaaaa! I would have loved to have been there.

  2. Lovely day you had. You really had a perfect vantage point for the parade! However, it looks like Mother Goose is getting ready to slide down into the butcher, the baker, and the cadlestick maker if she isn't careful.


  3. You had a wonderful day, you certainly have mastered the "being in the right place at the right time" app. Did the professor attend the ballet with you??? Belated Thanksgiving saluations I was busy cooking a fullllllll turkey dinner from scratch (this has got to stop or I will have to get a job) Remember the theme for this afternoon....Double Blue...Just hung large double blue ornaments on our dog wood out front. GO ARGOs

    Bonnie11 rtnfen