Yesterday was my sister in laws birthday, and unfortunately she spent it in the psych ward at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver due to extreme schizophrenia. I drove my wife down there to visit, though bringing a 1 year old into the ward seemed ill advised, so he and I stayed in the car with the A/C kicking, while I watched tv on my phone.
Coincidentally, it’s Pride weekend, so the area had been decended upon by hundreds of thousands of folks celebrating, and the hospital is literally smack dab in the middle of it all. Not really my scene, but there were some interesting sights to behold... But I digress...
So my wife comes back to the car after an hour or so, we drive down the one way street and stop at the stop sign. Barricades to the left. Barricades straight ahead. Only one way I can go... And that was to take a right onto Davies Street.
For those unfamiliar with Vancouver, Davies Street would probably be considered the defacto street which represents the LGBT community here. It is also coincidentally the parade route for the Pride Parade, where Justin Trudeau happened to march yesterday.
Did I mention that it was completely closed to vehicle traffic at the time, and appeared more street festival than thorofare?
They must have barricaded the street I had been parked on, behind and unbeknownst to me as I sat there. It’s the only explanation I have as to why I was not barricaded from making that right onto Davies.
So, as it turns out, I had my own one-vehicle Pride Parade for BLOCKS, until I reached the end of the party and another set of barricades. The look on the cops face who was standing there was priceless, but I managed to get around and make a left unhindered.
Wild, man. Wild.
For some reason, I thought the parade had been the day before. It wasn't until I saw this that I realized I had literally driven the parade route on the same day the PM was here wandering around.