We were told that the place to be on July 1st, on the Trent-Severn Waterway, was Peterborough. With that advice, we intentionally stayed an extra day not just to be in the city but to be right in the thick of the action. The Marina is at the park where most of the festivities are planned ... a parade, an international food fest, a concert (Motown Review), and spectacular fireworks.
Thom put on his red polo to reflect the Canadian flag colors and off we went to view the parade. We got a good spot for our chairs and waited.
Like most civic pride parades, there were police, fire, and paramedic departments, bands, and kids, scouts, and flags, floats, and bicycles.
Yes, they are real Canadian Mounties
Oh, and did I mention kids.
After the parade everyone flocked to the park and to the food vendors for Indian, Thai, Chinese, Polish, Caribbean, BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers. We had Thai.
By seven thirty the park had been transformed into a outdoor theatre and the Motown Review turned up the volume with favorites like; "I heard it on the grapevine" and "I'll be there". We never had to leave the boat since we were right across from the stage.