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Doug Gallant
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Gold Cup parade features 113 entries

To see more photos from the Gold Cup Parade see Page 9 of Saturday's print edition or CLICK HERE

The Cheshire Cat was one of the giant inflatables to take part in this year's Gold Cup parade. This year the balloons were filled with air, due to a world helium shortage.

The weather forecast earlier this week had not been promising.

And an overcast sky early Friday morning hinted at the possibility that even more rain might be on the way.

But almost as if on que the sun began to spill through the clouds, casting a golden glow over this year's Gold Cup Parade and the thousands of people who lined the parade route.

Parade officials had promised one of the best parades ever and did their best to deliver.


To mark the 125th anniversary of Old Home Week they had chosen "Bringing the Farm to the City" as the theme of this year's parade and many of those involved seemed to take that theme to heart.

 Floats throughout the parade depicted rural scenes.

There were singing farmhands, dancing vegetables and animated livestock.

Some floats even boasted live farm animals, albeit in cages.

And in most cases the music blaring from speakers on the various floats was good old-fashioned country music, from John Denver's Thank God I'm A Country Boy to the theme song from the Beverly Hillbillies.

The hillbillies themselves even made an appearance.

There were brass bands, pipe bands and majorettes.

There were vintage trucks and tractors, stock cars, custom vehicles and novelty vehicles, including a self-propelled football helmet, courtesy of the Holland College Hurricanes.

There were fiddlers and stepdancers, kneeslappers and footstompers.

It was, in many ways, like one big old country fair on wheels.

The only thing missing was an animated potato salad and perhaps some dancing beans.

Like any summer parade in P.E.I. there are always surprises.

How about Snow White and the Seven.... Oysters?

Or Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of  the West, on hand to promote Confederation Centre's upcoming Christmas production of the Wizard Of Oz.

You don't see many car ferries on dry land but Northumberland Ferries Ltd. managed to come up with one, manned by retiring Capt. David White.

There was something for everybody, from cartoon characters and children's television stars for the youngest parade viewers to the Community Clash whose antics and attire are a continual source of delight for the rest of us.

With well over 100 entries in the parade it took more than an hour-and-a-half for the parade to pass any one point, but no one was paying attention to the clock, cheering and applauding all and sundry.

And no one seemed to generate more applause than Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton, who was also in the parade.

There was a heartfelt burst of applause as well for a small but proud contingent of Canadian war veterans who adorned another float.

And of course there are always cheers for the Gold Cup and Saucer Ambassadors.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Celine
    August 17, 2012 - 14:00

    Umbrella's Are also protective in the Sunshine as well as on Rainy Days. * * * Always liked going to PEI to watch The Gold Cup and Saucer Parade and going to The Gold Cup and Saucer Races BUT Because this Province has become more Corrupt than ever before from police to politicians to the courts We've chosen Not To and chose to just stay at THE Beach at Our Cottage which has been in Our Family for 60+ years and We are thinking of selling. PEI has become a place I'd rather avoid than look forward to going to like We always use to.* * * It's not the small time petty crooks & the big time Drug Dealers = Cocaine, Estacy, Speed & Heroin (yeah, it all is in your backyard.) It's the pathetic - corrupted legal-justice system, especially when Someone who comes 'from money,' commits Crimes and get away with them by the PEI Corrupted Legal-Justice System. * * * By the way, anymore Counterfit Monies missing from an Evidence Room at CPD? - lmao

    • TC
      August 17, 2012 - 18:12

      I'm sorry we make Vancouver look like an Amish commune in comparison to our evil ways.

    • Are you kidding me?
      August 18, 2012 - 18:33

      Not sure where you come from, but it must be under a rock! I can't think of one place in Canada or the world for that matter where money doesn't talk and the Canadian justice system as a whole is messed up. Spend some time in a big city, maybe PEI won't seem so bad and then you can keep your cottage by the beach!!!!

  • Luke
    August 17, 2012 - 12:02

    Great tradition. Bring on the winter.