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The 2008 Waterfront and Ethnic Festival

July 12th, 2008 by Rose DesRochers · 5 Comments

The annual Waterfront Ethnic Festival now in its 30th year started yesterday. We took my son and the little girl I provide respite care to see the annual Waterfront Parade (which sucked) and then we went to watch the fireworks. (They sucked too.) Today, hubby and I took her to the Waterfront Festival being helded at Zwicks Island. Cindy Cook (star of The Polka Dot Door and “Bear”) was there, but she was more interested in the Midway then Cindy Cook. (I use to watch Polka Dot Door when I was a kid.)

It was such a hot afternoon.

A couple of pictures from last nights parade.

home depot

The Home Depot Mascot rides in the parade.


A parade isn’t a parade without the Shriners.

On Thursday my daughter went to the waterfront warm up. She said that the “Ride All Day” Bracelets for $25 wasn’t worth it and the rides made her sick. She only stayed for a while and left. She also said the carnies were all perves. (That isn’t surprising. Not that I’m being judgmental, but I found most carnies to be perves.)

Canadian Idol Ryan Malcom and his band Low Level Flight will be playing tonight at 9:30. (Let’s hope the rain stop by then or those staying for the concert will be wet.)

My son went to see Ryan Malcolm\Low Level Flight at Christmas. It was an excellent concert. I love their new song turnaround.

Did I mention that the annual sidewalk sale that is part of the Waterfront Festival sucked too?

The Waterfront Festival itself was ok. The ethnic village offers food from around the world. I  found out today that I don’t like Vietnamese deep fried elephant ears.

Here are some pictures from the festival.


Toronto Argonauts Football Club

pony rides

Can you imagine childhood without getting a pony ride? (The ponies are from Tanglewood Farm and Equestrian Centre.)

birds of prey

A live exhibit of Birds of Prey. (The Centre for the Conservation of Specialized Species)

Admission to the Festival was free, but we still ended up spending money on rides, pony rides and food. (There is always a hidden cost.)

Plus we gave my son $35.00 to go to the festival with his friend.

And that’s my weekend so far. How is your weekend going? Anything fun going on?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • GaryJay
    Wrote: Jul 12, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Good post as these things go—enjoyed the pics, and made a mental note to not lose sleep that I missed the whole shebang—made a mental note to, if ever offerred Thai Elephant ears food wise to politely decline—-up til now would have fallen into that trap outta total ignorance. (I owe ya for that knowledge). So you gave you son #35 bucks to go see what was basically free—–don’t ya worry about spoiling him?


  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Jul 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    We gave my son $35.00, so he could go enjoy himself with a friend who is moving out of town. It was about time the kid actually got out with friends. lol

    ( I don’t worry about spoiling him seeing how he never asks us for money and works his butt off.)

    It cost $25.00 for a one price wrist band to ride all the rides at the midway and the $10.00 was for dinner. 😉

    The only thing that was free was the entertainment, balloons and face painting.

  • boomergrl49
    Wrote: Jul 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    This all reminds me of the apple festival my son begged to attend every year. The parade sucked, the fair sucked, the food was okay (we are talking red neck America here, corn on the cob and the beer tent the main attraction), and the prices steep/

    My son enjoyed himself every year, and I thought it was a waste of my time–too hot and too expensive 🙂

    Great pictures.

  • Tammy
    Wrote: Jul 13, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Love the pics. Fairs and festivals are almost always expensive to attend. We spend a small fortune taking my boyfriend’s son to the Fryeburg fair every year. But he enjoys it and we usually have fun too.

  • Lost in Belleville
    Wrote: Jul 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    We stopped going to the festival because it is boring. Cobourg’s Canada Day event is much more interesting and entertaining. If we want great ethnic food and clothing and other items there’s always the GO train out of Oshawa and the Spadina streetcar. Well worth the money.

    BTW where is the waterfront in the Waterfront Festival? For a city located on both a bay and a river with amazing public access it is missing an opportunity to put on the map e.g. with Dragon Boat races (caught those in Toronto), river raft races, shore-to-shore bathtub competitions, etc. These won’t cost taxpayers money because there are no shortage of sponsors for such events. There is, however, a shortage of imagination, which seems to be a chronic condition here.