Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Canada Day

July 1st is the Canada’s birthday so it was a federal holiday yesterday. In 1867, Canada became a kind of separate country instead of being a colony, although some powers remained with the British parliament until 1982. There were daylong celebrations all over Toronto. First, there was a 21 gun salute at Queens Park (actually three guns fired seven rounds each). One gun seemed a vintage from the Second World War and it was being manned by veterans.

Audience was given earplugs for the spectacle.

Then the orchestra played the ‘Looney Tunes Overture’. I am still unable to find the relevance but Uncle Dan says that is because we are a nation of loonies. (By the way, Dan is my neighbor here at Victoria Park and he believes in all kinds of conspiracy theories).

Afterwards, there were musical programs and other activities in the grounds of the legislative assembly of Ontario.

Then there were fireworks in the evening as usual.

Lyrics of the Looney Tunes Overture:

Overture, cut the lights
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing or nursing a part
We know every part by heart

Overture, night of nights
This is it, we'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it!

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