A guitarist of a Canadian jazz band performs in the party. 【More photos】
A Canadian jazz band's performance, dance, BBQ, delicious lobsters and oysters, cowboy dress, champaign, beer, food...all these were fused to make a lively and joyful international street party Last Sunday (July 1) in Tianhe, Guangzhou. It was celebrating the 140th National Day of Canada on the very day .
It was also the first-ever street party in South China, attracting some 200 to participate and watch.
Two participators in the party. 【More photos】
Happy old-fashioned gala
The event started at midday and took place in the open-air outside the Canadian Restaurant "Senses", the organizer, located south of the Ikea Mall.
A band from Toronto, Canada, performed for hours during the afternoon, stirring the old-fashioned Canadian street gala celebrations.
BBQ, lobsters, oysters, food and beers were catered to the participators' appetites, plus a kids' corner with Canada map jigsaws and drawing for family fun.
The venue was decorated with national flags and Indian totem poles.
Many foreigners and local Chinese took part, some with cowboy hats and dress. Some Canadians were present, including a serviceman studying in Guangzhou.
Canadian Consul General Tim Coughlin (middle) cuts a big national birthday cake.
Canadian Consul General in Guangzhou Tim Coughlin addressed the party and cut a big birthday cake with a representative of Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the restaurant owner in the opening ceremony.
Some consulate officials and executives of commercial chambers attended and enjoyed the party, including German Consul General Friedrich-Carl Bruns and Swiss Consul General Werner E. Nievergelt.
All toasted Canada Day in the evening.
All the interviewees thought the event was successful. Shawn, Canadian owner of the restaurant, attributed this to “element of the streetparty, a sense of the community that we built”.
A charity donation ran as a part of the party.
During the event 1,664 Yuan (219 USD) was collected from the party guests by the Red Cross Association of Guangzhou-based Sun Yat-sen University. Senses also donated 3,400 (447 USD), part of the party income, to the fund.
The donation box in the party at the Senses Restaurant. 【More photos】
All the donation will be delivered to flood victims in Guangdong Province by the university's Red Cross organization.
Shawn said "in Canada we feel that when you operate in a community you must give something back to the community. … It’s our duty to help."
(By Ronald Li)