• Bourne's Montreal: Quartier des Spectacles Street Scene

    July 4, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    I bumped into a hippopotamus.

    Actually, the hippo, about seven feet tall, walking on hind legs, bumped into me.

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    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.

    Actually, there were two hippos walking by, one tall, one short, on the festival street.

    And two gigantic flamingos, pinkish and/or orange.

    And stilt walkers, dressed in shiny purple or turquoise fabric feathers.

    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.
    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.

    And a Balkan band was whipping up -- I'm not certain what the rhythm was. Not the usual 4/4 of jazz. More like 7 or 9 or maybe 13/4. I lost count where one was. Not that anyone was counting.

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    Photo by Victor Diaz-Lamich

    Everyone was having fun dancing. Including the hippos.

    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich
    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

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