Earlier I posted a photo similar to this, in a hurry, and without looking through all the pictures I took today. I sacrificed the comments I received to exchange that photo for this one with a better foreground. The notes meant a lot, and my apologies, but I wanted the better picture to be in my 365 project...
"For not being in the USA to celebrate the 4th of July, we Americans attending the Tattoo in Halifax were certainly given a rousing day of celebration. I had a hard time explainging the Tattoo to our friends, but wanted to share this, one of my favourite summer activities! My picture shows a partial view the finale, where the 1000 participants fill the arena...military bands, police gymnists, dancers, singers, comedians, Royal Canadian Mounted Police & Black Watch Bagpipers from Nova Scotia, the USA, England, France, Estonia, the Netherlands & Germany. Group by group they entertained for 3 1/2 hours, closing the show by playing the Star Spangled Banner and Oh Canada! My two girlfriends told me they couldn't stop crying they were so moved by the whole show...which pretty much sums it up! At the close, the 10,500 visitors were invited to come to the floor for photops with a select group of participants in their wonderful array of costumes.
Over the course of the day, visiting the Citidel in Halifax, the show, the waterfront, and finally a seaside restaurant in the town of Chester, I took over 430 photos. Arriving home around 10:30 tonight, I remembered taking this one picture and went right to it, bypassing a day-full of wonderful photo opportunities with many portraits of people in awesome costumes. It's approprite to say that today was filled with an embarrasment of riches.
As we drove home through Mahone Bay, we could see a gorgeous fireworks show off in the distance, up the coast. It was the loveliest way to cap the day that was just sensational, start to finish!"