Police watching Lilac Festival

Police watching Lilac Festival
As usual there's a large, and somewhat excessive police presence at the Lilac Festival. I have no complaints about any of the police, who were all quite friendly. I just find it to be an absurd waste of money. Calgary has a silly policy of mandating a certain ratio of police to attendees, which is then billed to the organizers. That's a huge burden. And, it ignores the fact the festival has been totally peaceful throughout its history.

Carifest guitar 2009

Carifest guitar 2009
Carifest is an annual festival held in Calgary to celebrate Caribean culture. This year, it was free to the public, but it had to skip the parade, that normally accompanies it. I didn't do as well with getting pictures this year, partly because the best view of the stage was for people wading in water. I did much better with pictures of the 2008 Carifest Parade.

Police photographer monitors pot protest

Police photographer monitors pot protest
The Calgary Police had a substantial presence. They mainly watched and took lots of pictures. There were a few arrests, but not many, and relations between police and demonstrators remained civil throughout.

Plus 15 fashion 47

Plus 15 fashion 47
This is one of the photos I took at the "+15 Runway Fashion Show" put on by Community Cloth. It featured models wearing fashions from various designers walking throughout the +15 (skyway) system in Calgary, culminating here, at the connection between TD Square and Bankers Hall (over Stephen Avenue).