Gladys Carter and her two cousins know how to dress for watching a parade: umbrella hats.
The three of them sat in camp chairs on Gottingen Street each wearing a different coloured hat.
“Last year a couple from Pennsylvania wanted to take our picture. They wanted to pay us,” Carter said.
She added they got a few comments this year too.
While it’s entertaining, the Natal Day parade through Halifax and Dartmouth could use a little work, Carter said.
“There’re too many trucks. I like to see more bands and costumes maybe,” she said.
Besides the rain on Thursday causing organizers to postpone the official kickoff, the weather was perfect the rest of the Natal Day weekend for taking tea with the mayor or watching the fireworks over the harbour.
Kerry Munro brought her two small children — one dressed as a ferocious pirate — to the Family Fun Day at Sullivan’s Pond yesterday and says “it’s just for the kids.”
The park was packed with families listening to the live music, touring a fire truck and lining up for the free bouncy rides.
There were also a mayor’s tea party, regatta, road races, a bridge walk, concerts, and a sea cadet ceremony yesterday.
For thousands, the big ticket was yesterday’s parade, which wove through Halifax then over the bridge to Dartmouth.
• Family fun “It’s beautiful — it couldn’t be better,” said Marcia Yeomans. She said she makes it to the parade every year and brings her grandchildren.
• First timers It was the first time for Stephanie Blane and her son, Hugo. “And this time just for him. He’s two. He likes the music,” she said.