Victoria loves a parade.
There’s no getting around it…
…because the streets are closed.
In the space of three weeks this spring, Victoria hosted THREE–count ’em!–divergent parades.
Let’s start with Jews (and Freemasons) on parade.
And the oldest synagogue on the west coast of North America: Temple Emanu-El.
On June 2nd, the Congregation of this historic synagogue, celebrated their 150th anniversary by recreating the founding ceremony that took place on June 2, 1863.
A parade wound past city hall to the Temple site. Along the way, Victoria’s Jewish population was joined by other communities—French, German and Scottish.
As well as by the mayor, town council, chief justice, Freemasons and the Navy Band.
“The ceremonies of the day were participated in by all classes of our community with a hearty goodwill,” reported the British Colonist, forerunner of Victoria’s current paper of record, the Times Colonist.
With proper planning, history can indeed repeat itself.
My first exposure to a flurry of Freemasons.
It was a joyous celebration of a time past, and a continuing place for Victoria’s Jewish community.
Two week earlier, another heritage had been celebrated.
And Victoria sported plaid.
It was time for the Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
Pipers, drummer, dancers, and athletes from the “Pacific Northwest and the world,” came to celebrate Victoria’s Scottish roots.
Of course, this being Victoria, a parade was in order.
Post parade, some 25,000 people attended the Games, including His Royal Highness Prince Andrew.
On the lawn of the legislature, we got a taste of the contests to come, including the Heavy Event. So, in case you’re planning to train for the Pole Toss.
Or perhaps you’re up for a more light-hearted,
On the heels of the Highland Games, came Canada’s annual celebration of spring: Victoria Day (as in Queen Victoria).
And in Victoria, BC all manner of folks joined the parade.
Three weeks…three Victoria parades!
It’s time to head for home.