Boats, Blues, Buskers, and…you name It!

Victoria loves a festival.  Festivus for the rest of us!

Any weekend in the summer you’ll find people have gathered from near and far to celebrate something.  

Like Classic Boats.

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Many boats come with their own backstory.

Take the Olympus—a fantail motor yacht built in 1929 for George Heck, the President of the NY Stock Exchange.  

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While the yacht didn’t crash, the stock market did, and Heck was forced to abandon ship.

In later life the Olympus hosted President Harry Truman, and actors Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Julie Andrews, among others.

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A three minute walk from Classic Boats gets you to the Blues Bash…with beer and dancing.

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Another Victoria weekend brings Chalk Art

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…and Diving Dogs.  

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Or classic coupes coming off the ferry, for the Deuce Days Festival.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the Harbor you’ll find Victoria’s 2nd International Busker’s Festival.

Street performers indefatigable in getting and keeping a crowd.  

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A city circus with clowns…

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acrobats…

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jugglers…

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whatever this is called…

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and magicians!

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One festival worthy Saturday in August, started with the Dragon Boat Festival.

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Dragon Boat racing orginated in China more than 2500 years ago, as the main event of agrarian celebrations. 

In Victoria 2500 paddlers on 90 teams, take to the Inner Harbor.

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The Festival included this Asian (plus one) troupe of elders, whose dance portrayed farmers “working in the fields.”

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Another Victoria Dragon Boat tradition draws thousands of messages attached to colored lanterns.

Words of remembrance or hope—for those afflicted with cancer.

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The Dragon Boat Festival celebrates community and teamwork.

Indeed, some want to win so much, they turn blue in the face.  

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The racing teams wait in a tent city.

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Limbering…

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…and catching up.

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Before heading out….

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…and racing for home.

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A short stroll from the Dragon Boats brings you to the Flamenco Festival.

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Mashregh is a local troupe of musicians and dancers that combine the rhythms of traditional flamenco with the spiritual lyrics of Persian poetry (their singer is Iranian).

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The music and passion moved dancers on the stage…

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..and off.

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Who you looking at?

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Just another very cool, summer festival day, in Victoria, BC.

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One comment

  1. Susan Gordon · September 9, 2013

    I love how you are now using pictures to tell stories!

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