We missed having Danica along (she is in Windsor) but Jolanta and Brian Hickey joined me at the South East Asia Festival on Saturday, starting out in sunshine and staying for the best ambience after sunset.Very hot, humid weather set the scene well for a South Asian event, then darkness brought relief as breezes cooled us a little. A perfect summer night and a huge crowd.
There was plenty to see, do and eat but there is no question, the streetcar float was the star this year. You’ll see the creators, Andrew Horne and Rob Elliott pushing it along. Andrew flashed a Victory V as they passed. Police walked ahead, clearing the way for musicians providing live music. The “Bazaar Bizarre Streetcar” was lit up, inside and out, illuminating fun animal characters crammed inside. The “streetcar” roof was alive with Toronto critters … pigeons, raccoons, squirrels and rats. Topping the menagerie, colourful helium balloons bobbed in the night sky. Confetti bazookas went off a couple of times, sending showers into the air. Big crowd pleaser!
Low light makes for grainy photos, but the festive feel is there. We had a good time checking out vendors, dining at the Gautama buffet and catching some performances. When we went for coffee at the Flying Pony, Jol bought an Andrew Horne postcard reproduction of one of his paintings. He promises to get a larger size print for her soon.
Thanks, Brian. Two more shots from his camera …