Saturday, we struck out early to play along the river, the Thames River, that is, for the annual two day end-of-summer bash put on by the mayor of London.
We spent the day walking along the river all the way from the Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge, and finding a lot of festivities along the way.
There were musical performances all along the route, including folk singers, a swing band, a massive choir of 850 singers, and tango dancing to only name a few. Audience participation was encouraged!
Tango lessons were popular,
as well as the Just Dance booth sponsored by Wii that
really got the youngsters moving today. So cute making their moves!
I'm already investigating this Wii game for our family Christmas this year.
It's not a festival without cupcakes, and the new kids on the block in London: the "cake pops,"
as well as towers of fudge,
and would you look at this novel idea! Classic iced tea! We'll convince our British friends yet, that this is the wave of the future.
There was an incredible amount of food options from countries around the world.
Southwark Bridge was transformed to the Feast on the Bridge- a giant banqueting space where we shared a banqueting table and made new friends while dining from the numerous choices that were available.
The huge Fish Cake on the bridge was a big hit,
and after perusing our choices, we decided to go for the roasted hog sandwiches
which were really quite tasty.
There were so, so many people sharing the river bank with us--people of all shapes and sizes, including the "dapper ones,"
the fun ones,
and the burlesque dancer, cowboy and Indian chief running the Pamper Boutique.
Paul-Henri Jeannel's Chapeau Magique demonstrations of his origami wizard hats out of brown wrapping paper drew large crowds
and stylish models.
There was a craft trail coinciding with the Festival,
with all sorts of looks
including these bedazzled cowboy hats. Yee-haw,
although the British gals preferred the fascinator booths, of course,
and I was really impressed with the beautiful aerial installations of
illuminated vintage frocks. Fancy that!
Oh, and uh, yes, there was the snake handler who was charging sweet little curly red-haired girls to wear his snake like a necklace. Couldn't hardly watch that one!
Can't leave out the boats along the way: the HMS Belfast
the SB Daphne,
and a delightful River Parade late in the afternoon. We figured we walked about 2 and a half miles today to see it all, enjoyed every minute and I'll be back in my next blog to tell you about some of the "street food" that was along the way.