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Puppets And Belly Dancers
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Puppets And Belly Dancers

It looked to be another successful year at the Puppets Up festival in Almonte. Magicians, puppets, marionettes, belly dancers, drummers, floats and more unique characters seemed to come from all over Ottawa and surrounding areas to be seen and heard over the August weekend. Thunderstorms were around the corner but held off while the parade marched on. Many crowd members were smiling as they watched the unique and charismatic parade volunteers walk the streets of downtown Almonte.

There were so many festive colors, sounds and people. It really brought the streets of Almonte alive. There were even some familiar faces in attendance. The parade was lead by the honourable Gordon O'Connor, MP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Minister of State and Chief Government on Saturday August 11th in a sleek Mustang. On Sunday August 12th Max Keeping, a Canadian broadcaster and former Vice-President of news and public affairs at CJOH lead the parade in a vintage yellow Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

There were 4 belly dancers with different backgrounds and experience who showed the audience their beauty and graceful movements. The belly dancers of the parade shimmied their way through the downtown streets and drew attention from everyone who was watching the parade. Lark Begin from Ottawa was one of the belly dancers. Lark is use to performing for a smaller crowd. She had never performed at a parade before but she couldn't stop smiling. She belly rolled and snake armed her way through the crowd and tried to get them all involved and made sure everyone was having a great time.

"When you see smiling faces you cannot help but smile back. I was overwhelmed by the amount of joy I was putting on everyone's faces from all ages. I would love to dance for this type of crowd every day!" If belly dancers are invited back again next year I will definitely be raising my hand to volunteer, that was a wonderful and memorable experience." said the young belly dancer from Ottawa, Lark Begin.

The street performers, belly dancers and puppets created a magical atmosphere bringing people of all ages together. Celebrating its 8th season, the Puppets Up parade was predicted to be a success and by the looks of the crowd and the smiling faces it indeed was an event to remembers. Pictures and videos will soon be uploaded for public viewing. Mark this event on your calendar for next year. It will bring you back to your childhood and definitely make you smile.


Street Talk

Great read. Sounds like it was a blast!

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