Grant Neufeld is one of the more well known activists in Calgary for some time. So, it wasn't surprising to seem him here. It was generally hard to get photos, because of how everyone was gathered around in a circle, so that all I could get was people's backs. So, I had to wait for a head turn.
There's a lack of photo ops due to the season, so I'm lookin' over some summer pics.
David Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary, was a speaker, and later an competitor.
Tara Robinson co-anchors the 6pm news on CTV Calgary (CFCN). She was M.C. at the event, and is seen here doing some pre-walk warm up excercises with a member of the Calgary Police Service.
A speaker with addresses the crowd at Olympic Plaza before people began the parade.
A speaker with an interpeter addresses the crowd at Olympic Plaza.
Joanne Costello spoke to the crowd about Condoleezza Rice. The former U.S. Secretary of State was inside the Hyatt (off camera, to the right). You can read Costello's thoughts on Rice in the Marginal Notes blog entry titled "My University is Being Hijacked and Condi is Among the Terrorists!".
This was the post-run cermony at Olympic Plaza.
He had to read his speach from a small screen.
I believe, this is one of the people who tried to organize a pillow fight, but basically had to give up.
In addition to Tibet, protesters were also informed of the persecution of the Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) movement. The man speaking said he was imprisoned for three years and his wife was still held by China, due to their involvement with Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gong), a Chinese spiritual movement.
Caren Wright, a regular busker in Calgary, performed one of her fairy tale raps, after speaking to the crowd on busking issues.
Stephanie Norn, a professional circus performer, was one of the buskers who spoke at the gathering. She was dressed as one of her personas, "Stephanie Spark",
Stephanie Norn was one of the buskers who spoke at the gathering. Stephenie, a professional circus performer, argued that properly qualified people, like herself, should be able to do more dangerous acts, like fire-eating, provided they meet appropriate requirements, such as proper insurance. She came dressed as her persona "Stephanie Spark".
Durbo Turner is a visitor from Queensland, Ausralia. He spoke in support of buskers, and said how things used to be much better in past visits to Calgary, when there were fewer restrictions. After I left, he performed on the guitar.
Neil Gunhold was one of the buskers involved in trying to organizers buskers on Facebook and work with the city to improve busking rules.
As the City of Calgary Manager of Arts and Culture, Beth Gignac explained the new rules for busking. Buskers were generally happy with the direction of changes she announced, but some weren't thrilled when she made clear that amplification was out.
Caren Wright, a regular busker in Calgary, spoke about busking issues. Later she performed for the crowd.
Karen Sim is a busker who played a leading role to lobby the city to relax the rules on buskers and improve the image of buskers.
Harry B. Chase, Alberta Liberal MLA for Calgary Varsity speaks to the 2008 Pride Calgary crowd about equality after the parade. He was one of the four Calgary Liberal MLAs to attend the parade.