To the average person today, a parade is probably not as meaningful as it was to our ancestors about a hundred years ago, or even 50 years ago. But as some of you know, I work at a national historic site in British Columbia. Every year since about 2008 I have been charged with coordinating our site’s activities in relation to the traditional Fort Langley “May Day” Parade, which takes place every year on Victoria Day. This year, the 92nd Annual May Day Parade will be taking place on Monday, May 19th at 11:00 am. We’ll be putting together our float this Friday-Saturday. Because of this connection, I found these pictures from approximately the 1950s quite interesting. I wonder if my dad was one of those kids riding bikes alongside the float in the top photo?
There was nothing written on the backs of these photos, so I am not sure which parade this was, or even if it was in Morpeth or Ridgetown, or another community in Ontario.
The horse carrying packs reminds me of the gold rush, or the fur trade period. I wonder what the man riding behind the first horse is doing? Doesn’t look like a very prime seat…
Do you have any favourite memories from a parade as a child? I’d love to hear about it – please leave a comment and share your memory.