It was Earth Day yesterday, and a youth group organized a parade along Commercial Drive followed by an event on the Britannia HS playing fields. This was the first of what they are talking about making an annual event.
I was a bit late and caught up with the group when they had arrived at the school grounds — and I forgot to shift my camera from b&w mode to colour. The event was nothing if not colourful and so the following images will be impressionistic only. First, we have the organizers — and bravo to them.
Although the named organizing group was supposedly non-partisan, this was clearly an NDP event, with the entire field marked out with NDP election lawn signs. Quite a few folks in the crowd were also carrying NDP placards. There may have been a Green or two, but the speeches — by Libby Davis etc — and the crowd was definitely leaning to the New Democrats. Here is NDP MLA Jenny Kwan standing with some other freaks (who were REALLY colourful, believe me!) on the left:
The opening entertainment act were “Maria In The Closet” (?) who were joined out front by some very colourful (honest!) dancers with placards.
It looks like it was a fun event, enjoyed by a few hundred folks. ‘Tis the season for street events and I look forward to more.