Pride Parade 2010 (part 1 of 2): When Over Enthusiasm Turns Sour

I was a Pride Week virgin. Until last Sunday when I attended the Pride Parade held in downtown Toronto. The parade was over-the-top, guileless, harmless, unadulterated, pure fun! But what happens when we get an over enthusiastic crowd who fail to draw the line at their exuberance?

 

 

Yes, we get a car with broken glass

The Culprits

The Culprits

See those happy attendees on the top of the building with water guns

A closer look

A closer look

In their enthusiasm to throw water on the parade (which was a welcome relief for many who were sweating in the sweltering heat), they turned from using buckets of water and waterguns to water balloons. 

Now imagine a water balloon being thrown from a building of that height. Make a rough estimate of the velocity of the moving water balloon and the impact it would make on its contact with the glass of the car. Now, I am not very good at physics, but evidently it is bound to do some damage. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to click the driver whose face turned ten shades of red in the span of a few seconds. I am sure the heat was not solely responsible for it.

Another over enthusiastic attendee held up the Pride Parade by a few minutes by his antics. Hiding his face behind a one way visor and brandishing a huge “polite” sign, he got within the barricades and hopped his way around in a bid to attract attention of the crowd and media alike.

Impolite Intruder

Impolite Intruder

Many, like me, believed he was a part of the parade till the security got a hold of him. 

Where will you go now?

Where will you go now?

Blocked Exits

Blocked Exits

Caught!

Caught!

Being close to the action, I managed to capture these highly exciting moments before he was ushered out into the crowd. 

After having his face revealed for all to see and curse.

Revealed!

Revealed!

Being yelled at: Feels good, doesn't it?

Being yelled at: Feels good, doesn't it?

Photographs: Copyright Sanchari Sur

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2 responses to “Pride Parade 2010 (part 1 of 2): When Over Enthusiasm Turns Sour

  1. Kaberi

    Sanchari’s writing has a fluid element in it that makes the reader forget the letters and words and straight find himself/herself at the scene of action. Good work. Never give up writing. You have it in you.

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