After getting the sponsors cars together Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014, Ariel Cao, and I went to waterfront to meet up with the other participants of the upcoming parade. Slowly but surely, my pageant sisters trickled in and we finally had a chance reunite. I was so glad to have this opportunity to catch up with my good friends especially since we would be going to Toronto to represent BC as a team in a little over a month.
Although we had arrived at 4 and the parade would start at 7, the BC candidates utilized the time wisely by decorating the sponsor cars with Canada inspired accessories as well as putting our sponsors advertisements on the cars. Donning our sashes and crowns, each one of us beamed with pride as we sat in the cars amidst the curious bystanders who gawked at us while we prepared. Finally, after adjusting the volume of the stereo and the mics we were done with preparing the logistical side of our float.
Photographers captured this unique moment and from 6-7, the BC candidate were in over 150 photos. The whole situation of the parade was so frenetic with the combination of the surprise photoshoot that I did not have time to worry about the parade.
At 7 when the parade had finally started I was seated in the front car sponsored by Open Road Richmond and Open Road Lexus accompanied with Miss Teenage Vancouver and Miss Teenage Burnaby. Behind was Miss Teenage Okanagan and Miss Teenage British Columbia who were seated in a vintage inspired vehicle with beautiful white veneer.
The parade was such a blast! In addition to waving the Canadian flags, blowing kisses and saying hello the candidates cheered and wished all Vancouverites a Happy Canada Day. What an memorable experience!