Labour Day Parade

In Canada, the first Monday of September is Labour Day. Every year, the worker’s union organizes a parade and that parade happens to go by my house. I had just finished my night shift so I was looking forward to a good night’s sleep but I couldn’t sleep with all the drumming and horns flaring. I quickly got out of bed, grabbed my camera and went outside and took pictures.

It was a fairly cloudy day out so I had to make some minor adjustments to my camera to make sure the pictures are exposed right. After playing around with the camera for almost a month now, I rarely shoot pictures in the automatic modes. So far, I think I’m slowly starting to get the hang of photography but I am still no expert at the field. There are still a lot of techniques that I don’t know about yet.

When I got outside, the band and the flag thrower were just passing by. I didn’t feel like running after them to take pictures because I was rather tired. So I just leaned against my brothers car and took pictures of people that passed by.

Labour Day Parade

It surprised me that so many people are willing to pose for pictures. This gentleman walked by and smiled for the camera so I tried to focus the lens has fast as I could so I wouldn’t miss the opportunity. He was kind enough to smile so I took his picture. The man in the light blue shirt is probably wondering why he’s got such a big smile on his face for. I don’t think he saw me behind the car, taking pictures.

Labour Day Parade

This green character was also in the parade. I don’t know what union he’s part of though. I think it’s against some sort of safety violation to be working in a costume. But that’s what the union is for, they fight for your rights to work. It is up to you to refuse safe work. And if this guy can work in a costume then good for him!

Labour Day Parade

The people were followed by a few trucks. This Coca Cola truck is probably from the bottling plant located in the east end of town. The kid in the passenger seat saw me taking pictures so he waved.

Labour Day Parade

This girl didn’t wave though. She just kept looking over at me and smiling. I took the smile as a sign to take a picture. I think she was just a little camera shy. No wait, I think she’s posing for the camera.

Labour Day Parade

This is the new environment garbage collection truck. There is a truck that collects garbage, another that collections recyclable items and one that collects decomposable garbages.

Labour Day Parade

I guess this kid was part of a union as well. He wasn’t wearing the union colours but I’ll overlook that just this once. He was walking with a bunch of friends but they took off on him in their skateboards.

Labour Day Parade

This nice couple is enjoying a nice relaxing ride on their All Terrain Vehicle. But wait, they’re not wearing a helmet! Another safety violation! No need to worry folks, I think they managed to hit a top speed of 1km/hr so they should be okay if they fall. For some reason though, they are wearing safety goggles. They are wearing goggles because they need to protect their eyes from the annoying insects that could potentially get into their eyes when you’re going 1km/h. No wait, they’re not even wearing them. It’s just sitting there on their heads. Don’t let the union see you doing that.

Labour Day Parade

And last but not least, the cops! These guys are here to make sure that these people get back to work as soon as they’re done with the parade. I don’t think the officers in the car are doing their job because there’s like a thousand people currently jay walking right in front of them. And they don’t even see that van that is currently driving down the wrong way on York Blvd. Cannon Street runs west while York Blvd goes east. The van at the top of the picture is going west on an eastbound street. But eh, it’s a holiday so they shouldn’t work too hard.

I’m not sure where the parade started but traffic was backed up for a couple of blocks. By the time the patrol cars passed by me, there was a swarm of cars driving on my street, trying to bypass the parade. My house is on Cannon Street but there’s a sidewalk that divides Cannon Street and the street directly in front of my house. I don’t know if that makes sense. There are two streets on Cannon Street but their both Cannon Street.