I love parades.
And today was the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade!
The theme this year was "War of 1812".
Grapes are big business here.
This giant wine keg was left outside the American encampment at Queenston Heights in 1813.
Just as the Americans were getting ready to uncork it, a brave battalion of Canadian Militia plus Laura Secord and Tecumpseh jumped out of it and killed every last one of them.
And that is how we won that war. In case you were wondering.
Here is one of the descendants of our Six Nation allies.
Red coats and plumed hats!
Very 19th century!
Of course everyone remembers the brave ladies who rode horses into battle with stars stuck to their rumps during the war of 1812!
Nobody remembered what side they were on so we just cheered and pointed.
There was a large 2012 police presence at this year's parade for some reason.
And the fire fighters were also out in full force.
Here they are taking donations for Community Cares and the food bank.
All the little girls wanted a princess hat!
Did I mention there were lots of horses in the parade this year?
This was my favourite part of the parade.
These guys put on quite show!
And they were "mature'!
I told my friend Nadine that if we were lucky we might get a date!
I liked them, okay?
These fellas were just beautiful!
This is a replica of the plane WestJet flew during the War of 1812.
Now here is something that they never tell you in history class.
Apparently after he fell during the War of 1812, General Isaac Brock started a rock and roll band.
But he still finds time to keep the Americans on their side of the Niagara River with his trusty cannon.
A great many Irish and Scots fought in the War of 1812.
Then they all moved to Grimsby.
As I was taking all of this in, I felt someone tickling my foot.
He looked up at me and laughed.
This is the latest in grape harvesting machines.
It's beautiful, all shiny and new!
This was the best parade I've seen in years!
Rather than fight Our way upstream we followed the crowd to Montebello Park.
Because that's where the food was.
I had a piece of pizza.
All of the local wineries were there - serving and selling.
Next I tried a rice ball.
It was a 5 YUM experience. I hadn't had one before and was pleasantly surprised by the cheesy centre.
Then I had a local vegetable tostada.
And little piggy that I am I finished with an apple kirchen with caramel.
Then we sat and watched the Six Nations Dancers.
They invited some people to go up on the stage and join them but by this time I weighed 2,567 pounds so I just watched.
It was a great day for a parade and a picnic in the park.
I can't wait for next year!