"It was a beautiful green Irish madness" said Anna Wright one of the volunteers at the first annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade to be held in the Great Canadian Grid. "
The parade route started in front of the #myGCG Bus Terminal on west Maple Street then proceeded east down Maple to Pine Street. It turned south down Pine to continue all the way to the end at the front doors of the Canadian Sun building on the GCG Communications region. Kandie Mann was the Master of Ceremonies and rode on a horse to the Canadian Sun stage area. The thirteen float parade was led by Cookie Cresci and Shayna Wuluff riding their horses.
"I believe it might be the very first parade of its kind in the OpenSim but certainly the first of its kind here on the Great Canadian Grid" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "I've personally never heard of a parade like this before".
"Anna Wright coordinated all of the parade float entries this morning and the event started on time without delay thanks to her devotion to the event. Thanks to dawn lectar who helped in recruiting many of the floats in this years' parade. I can't thank Anna and dawn and the other volunteers enough they all did an awesome job." said Marianna Monentes, Parade Organizer and Publisher Canadian Sun.
The parade was quite the event and it involved bringing together over a dozen people wearing their floats to walk down two streets on a single region past approximately twenty spectators. "What awesome creators and creations, it was well thought out" said cookie cresci, GCG Support team member.
"Parade was well worth a European late nighter to see great show" said Doctor Song when asked about the festivities. Sorrel Fang, and Kamira Sirnah volunteered to take photos for the Canadian Sun, Winter Silversmith took photos for the Corran Journal.
For anyone else who might be planning a parade on their grid here are a few of the minor issues that were reported. They might sound like negatives to some but if you want to hold an event like this we think it's helpful to hear the good and the bad. "There was a bit of lag felt during the parade and at the end and a couple people experienced crashes" Mr. Silversmith of the GCG Pulse said. He continued "we removed one laggy script we found on the region and a lot of people voluntarily removed their AO's which helped a great deal with quickly reducing lag. The parade had a bit of a traffic jam in a couple places but this will be fixed next year with a longer route than the three hundred metres available this year. They couldn't have known that this time being the first ever parade". Mr. Silversmith reiterated that "Roddie Macchi was very supportive of this event and he did advance thousands of extra prims to the region which definitely helped".
A number of comments heard at the conclusion of the parade included "great job", "lots of fun" and "can't wait until next year's parade" to mention but a few. It is quite clear that parades are a very popular idea and should happen much more often in the Great Canadian Grid. "It took a lot of hard work and dedication to have such a successful event. I think that Marianna Monentes and Anna Wright deserve a lot of credit but definitely all of their team of volunteers were needed for this event to go so smoothly for the first time ever" Mr. Silversmith added.
There is a contest on for visitors to vote for their favourite float or floats. All of the floats are now on display in front of the Canadian Sun building each with a vote box in front of them. The open voting starts today and will conclude at 5:00pm GCG time on March 24, 2017 at which time the votes will be tabulated. All Great Canadian Grid members are encouraged to stop by the GCG Communications region and participate in the voting.
The participants in the first annual Great Canadian Grid Saint Patrick's Day Parade presented by the Canadian Sun magazine were as follows (avatar / float name):
Tigerkitti Eberdene / Lucky Leprechauns,
Sabrina and Toaster Dementros of The Independents a Real Life,
Osana Kiya / Rainbow Riches,
Anna Wright / Canadian Sun Float created by Reyn Softly,
Anna Wright / Paddy Wagon created by Anna Wright,
Shawnessy Ettenmoore / Luck O The Irish,
Maximus Lear / Kiss My Blarney Stone,
Lynnestra Parker / Let's Go To The Beach,
Sandy Caunter / St. Patty Dogs,
Drew Harcourt / Musical Leprechauns,
shirah bare / Luck o The Irish float, a float all about fun,
ray noob / St. Patrick,
Eagle Wolf / Dawn's Homestead-Free Living-All Welcome created by dawn lectar.
March 17. 2017 6:00 pm
A little late addition... I asked Roddie Macchi GCG grid owner for a comment and I didn't receive it in time because I was offline, here's what he had to say...
"Just that I was amazed at how much detail was involved, and how much work was done for this...from the signs to the floats to even the commentary...so very well done."
so, there's another pat on the back to all the volunteers!
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