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Waiting for the big guy to come


Santa Claus Parade

This is our first time going to the Santa Clause Parade!  We did our standard Parade trick - show up an hour early and make sure you have a lot of clothes on to keep you warm.  The parade goes through downtown and make a real mess of traffic, but the buses were mostly unaffected so getting in (and later out) was pretty easy.

We took our piece of curb and waited.  The first to go by was the police motorcycles and they went pretty close to edge to edge of the road.  If that didn't get you excited, the pipe bands also helped wake you up!
 
Waiting On Curb For ParadeMotorcycle OpeningSFUPipe Band Walking


The Chinatown parade has a lot of spectacle (dancing lions, dragons), but the Santa Clause parade had some very large performance - more than a hundred kids dancing together.

Kids Dressed As Elves

The floats were generally pretty far apart so there was lots of pause between displays.  It was cold enough that a float had a snow maker that actually dropped snowflakes on us.

Unicycle Entertaining CrowdFalun Dafa Parade FloatKids Watching Parade

There was only one Santa in the parade and he was up high on a float that moved fast - the kids barely got to see him before he was gone.  I think the kids enjoyed their time watching the parade.

Haircuts

The kids had a thought that their hair could grow down to their bums.  Sure, their hair needs to be blow dried and brushed after a bath, but the kids don't see that as a negative. 

Claira Getting Hair CutNara With ClipsClaira With New Haircut And Pocky

Gymnastics

The kids enjoy their gymnastics classes.  Every term they have a brief open house where the kids can show their parents what they can do.

Claira On TrampolineClaira Rolling NaraNara Starting Monkey BarsNara Upside Down
 

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Vancouver has had a winter solstice lantern festival for years and I have never been!  There are multiple locations - Granville Island, Roundhouse and Strathcona.  We had dinner plans already so we arrived just after the lantern walk had already left the community center. 

Drummers In David Lam Park
We walked over to David Lam park and saw the lanterns and musicians playing.  The put drums went on for maybe half an hour in the park.

Pin Prick Lanterns

After the time in the park, the muscians got mobile and started to lead us on a walk back toward the community center.  The parade route did a big circle, but we took a shortcut back so we could beat the procession back to the community center.

Lanterns And False CreekLantern Procession In David Lam ParkProcession Moving Again

Walking Across Park Pano

The community center had a lot going on as well.  They had an inside lantern display and the main performance space had an african musican group playing.  It's tough to leave when the party is really getting going, but you can't keep kids up too late or you pay for it the next morning.

Kids With Sun LanternCrow Lanterns In RoundhouseDrumming Performance



Claira On Trampoline
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Crow Lanterns In Roundhouse
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Claira With New Haircut And Pocky
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Claira Getting Hair Cut
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Lantern Procession In David Lam Park
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Unicycle Entertaining Crowd
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Drumming Performance
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Kids Dressed As Elves
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Claira Rolling Nara
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SFUPipe Band Walking
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Kids Watching Parade
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Nara Upside Down
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Nara Starting Monkey Bars
Person: Nara, Claira
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Drummers In David Lam Park
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Pin Prick Lanterns
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Motorcycle Opening
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Kids With Sun Lantern
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Waiting On Curb For Parade
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Walking Across Park Pano
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Lanterns And False Creek
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Procession Moving Again
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Falun Dafa Parade Float
Nara With Clips
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People: Claira(7), Nara(6)
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