On Canada Day, July 1st, I and four other Miss Teenage Canada finalists were in the Vancouver Canada Day parade! Just days before the parade I was lucky enough to arrange for a few of us to be driven in a vintage 1930 Model A Ford Deluxe, from a sponsor from the Vancouver Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, Simon was the owner and he was our chauffeur for the event.
He was awesome! This parade was the second largest in Canada this year, with more then 50 groups in the parade and Tens of Thousands of people watching. The real fun however started before the parade. We were lucky enough to have two amazing photographers, Alex Smith and Norm Lee. As we were posing for shots several random people came and took pictures with us, everyone who did was so polite and thankful to do this with us. It felt like we were celebrities.
After many, many pictures I walked around for a little bit and looked at all the other floats and groups. While I was walking around I met some British Columbian Army men, Ms. Vancouver and several other people. I also got to be interviewed by Global B.C. they did a live interview asking me about pageants and the Donald Trump controversy. I also was interviewed by a Vancouver radio station.
As I was walking back to where the other girls were, more people would ask me to take a picture or selfie with them. Once I returned to the other finalists more photos were taken. We took photos by each car The Lexus from Richmond Auto Mall, and Open Road Auto Group, and Simon’s beautiful car from the Vintage Car Club. Once the parade started I was lucky enough to get a seat in Simon’s car, the second we turned the corner there was a gasp, by how lovely the car was.
It was unbelievable how many people were there!! I had been in parades before but none this crowded.It was insane, in some spots along the road people were crowded in 10 people deep. People were on roofs, balconies were overfilled, and the places with stairs were covered in people. Waving and smiling was really fun, I could hear kids say “Look Mom a Princess”, one kid even asked “Where’s the Okanagan”, this made me chuckle a little.
During the parade I would blow kisses to lucky children who caught my eye, the children filled with joy at the sight of that. And Shaw news even zoomed in on me blowing a kiss to the crowd!! And the announcers commented on my wave as I went by, it was so cool. At the end of the parade as we were done I got handed a baby for a photo. That was very cool.
I want to put a big THANK YOU out there to all of our parade sponsors and I hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day. Click on the video below to see all of the pictures, and our Shaw T.V shot. I am happy to say that Miss Teenage Canada Fransisca McFadden shared my video on her Facebook!👑