by Marianna Monentes-Softly
When I first thought of bringing parades to the Great Canadian Grid, I hoped that the residents would embrace the idea and create unique and imaginative floats. At the time, we felt that scripts would lag the region, so we refrained from scripts at our first parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We had to wear the floats and waddle along the parade route which was hilarious.
This parade, the Canada Day parade, I asked Roddie about scripts and vehicles; he was great and said: "Just go for it!" So, we did just that. I had requested Cookie Cresci to be grand marshal riding her horse Sly Stallion, and Shayna Wulluf rode next to her. We now know for the next parade, if we use vehicle scripts we cannot have horses in the parade, they just lagged the vehicles to much. We tested the vehicles and floats before the parade, and they all worked fine. When we added the horses, that is when we had issues. It was amazing to me that we had all the floats, guests, scripts, and everyone wearing mesh and attachments, the region never crashed once. The residents not only brought imaginative floats, the parade procession was flawless even with my late entrance :)
Chole Braven and John Wayn, created an amazing float. I wanted a peek at how they created it, so I asked Chole to share her thoughts.
"First, find someone who knows how to build.
Ok that is not always possible, so if you are stuck doing it alone, remember that there are many very fine builders and residents of GCG who will help you.
We started out by gathering the things we thought might be interesting on the float. we narrowed it down to pirates and sea items. From there John's imagination took over.
I sat and give him encouragement and kept him company as he tried different scenes.
Probably what we should have paid more attention to is the size of the float and how it would fit on the road. We were happy to know that along the way all is phantom.
Our biggest challenge was finding what would pull the float. The standard vehicles were too fast and after taking a nose dive off the sandbox area, float and all, John decided to make his own car.
All and all was a fun experience for both of us!"
Jimmy Olsen's Canadian Campfire float is amazing detail to nature. Trees, cabins and a realistic campfire scene,
I asked what inspired him, "My float was inspired on Canadian nature and way of life. when talking about Canada all comes to my mind is nature! You can see well their flag . Its a red maple leaf :)
Tigerkitti Eberdene's Military Float, pays respect to what she holds dear to her heart. Respect, love and duty for a country she loves. Well done Tig, and thank you for your service.
"As you can see, my float does not show the most joyous side of being a true Canadian.
What it does represent however is the utmost respect, love and admiration for those who have dedicated, and even lost their lives for our great country.
When considering what type of float to make, I decided who could possibly be more patriotic than a soldier.
As a soldier, I swore to protect Canada, even to my death if necessary.
Soldiers know what they are in for. They know the risks to everything. Even their lives.
But the love of our land compels us to push that aside and work our best to be sure that everyone else continues to enjoy our hard fought freedom.
My father was a WW2 Vet who thankfully made it home. He taught me to take great pride in our country, and in our military.
I could think of nothing worse than fellow Canadians forgetting that our freedom was won...at a cost. A BIG cost.
I hope everyone likes my float. It comes from a place of love, pride, and service. "
Sakura Starsmith showed up two minutes before the start of the parade asking if she could enter her and funfun's float. She explained that she was on her Mom's,(Tigerkitti Eberdene) computer and she could not stay. I thought it great to have another entry but we had to hurry so that Tigerkitti could log in and then line up in time to start parade.
When I asked what inspired her float Sakura explained,
"funfun and I wanted to show how there is so much to enjoy in Canadian nature. Many unique and beautiful animals call our country home. We put our float together with this in mind. We also decided to show our store name on the float so that people will be aware of it being here on GCG.
Anna Wright brought her region to life with her float. You see the prairie, on the bed of the truck, with a friendly Canadian moose looking on under the shade of the windmill. A great barbed wire fence encloses this mobile estate, nice work Anna.
"The Prairie Moon and Nowhere parade float is just a little visual slice of the region it represents. The region itself is inspired by a love of the Canadian prairies and initially by a road trip through Saskatchewan years ago. I lived in Saskatchewan as a child and I feel like it’s often the unsung provincial hero of our nation. The communities and people are down to earth, rooted in the fertile soil and scrub forests. And when you look up to the endless sky you can float away on the ever changing horizon. I’m hoping to capture just a glimpse of that in Prairie Moon.
The creation of the float was quite simple. I chose to use the Arcadia Asylum flatbed truck as a base and just add to it with scenery and décor from Prairie Moon. Canada has weathered some terrible tragedies this year in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and Toronto, Ontario. If you look closely on the float there is homage to both places. All Canadians carry these victims and survivors in our hearts and we are all stronger for the love and kindness shared."
Thank you entrants for bringing the Great Canadian Grid so much laughter and joy, we love you.
Voting is ongoing until July 6th at Noon GCG time