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.
As always the cops were recording the protesters. I didn't see or hear of any arrests.
Calgary held it's Pride Parade along Stephen Avenue Mall. It's microscopic compared to Toronto, but still a good turnout. I was really annoyed with myself, because I forgot to put my memory card in my camera before I left. I only had room for about 8 photos on my camera's internal memory.
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.
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.
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).
Taken at RIDES 'n' RODS '07.
Kiesza put on free concert at the 2007 Sun and Salsa Festival in the Kensington community of Calgary, Alberta.