By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Shriners filled city streets with colourful costumes and tiny vehicles as spectators stared in delight.
© Adam Brazeau
There was plenty to see at the Shriner Parade in Cornwall this weekend. Over 1,000 Shriners from Canada and the United States took to city streets during a spectacular display of entertainment.
Adults and youth alike marveled at the enthusiasm of Shriner members, hundreds of them sporting their trademark red hats, while they marched, drove and pedaled down Montreal Road and Water Street.
As clowns greeted children with high fives, spirits were kept warm, as bodies stayed damp in the sporatic rainfalls.
It was the first Shriner Parade for Britney Lauzon and her two sons. The three stood huddled from the rain with friends, as Shriners did street racing tricks in their small-motorized vehicles.
“This was unexpected, we just heard about it, so we showed up and it turned out really good,” said Lauzon. “They’re having a grand time. Sawyer Marleau, 4, and his brother Anders Marleau, 11 months old, couldn’t get enough of the clowns and tiny cars.
Jennifer Charlebois, is originally from Cornwall and moved to Montreal. She stopped by her hometown to visit family with her daughter. The two were pleased to find out they were in time for the Shriner Parade.
“It’s beautiful,” said Charlebois. Sitting beside her two-year-old daughter Zahrya Mungai, the duo were all smiles. Zahrya kept busy by dancing to the parade music and pointing at the motorized vehicles. Charlebois described the Shriner Club as a group that helps children’s charities.
“I’m glad we came,” she said.