It was a bright sunny day yesterday, yet the breeze that blew was cool making it a perfect day for an outing. And what could be more better than enjoying the one day Lilac festival in downtown Calgary. I couldn't believe the hustle-bustle on 4th street downtown with endless colourful shops on both the sides of the street. The street was jam packed with people mainly young masculine boys with their lovely girls showing off. The pedigreed pet dogs competed with their owners for street space with an equal elan. Lots of multi cuisine food shops with lemonade, smoothies and beer being served in the patio.There was some magical spell in the air, the aroma, the essence, the people and music which was captivating and thrilling.
In one corner the magician was showing off his tricks and the crowd with kids were enjoying it immensely. Further away an Irish band was pulling crowds and just behind them the Havana Cuban dance studio members were performing what was a visual treat.
You name any street shop worth its salt and it was there. Everything from palmist, street massage, Hollywood hair stylist, traditional jewelery from Africa, paintings from Bali, Henna, leather stuff to house mortgage specialists and free dance club membership and last but not least police personnel stationed and patrolling. It had all the contents and masala similar to a street fair back in India like yeh fair or woh fair or this & that fete etc.
But the most astounding was what looked at first sight a statue on a pedestal but soon started swaying on the dholak beats being played by a sadhu. As I went nearer, Oh it was a girl with a golden body paint in a indian dress dancing on dholki and the man was in disguise of a sadhu. It was magnificent. . As I returned back it was late evening and the last sunday of May had begun to end. Some photographs through the eye of my cell.