First of all, there are puppets EVERYWHERE. They're walking down the streets, they're sitting in store fronts, they zip around on motorized scooters. If you have a puppet, bring it with you.
Second of all, it's funny. The humour's corny with lots of bad jokes and bad puns, but I loved it. Sample: "What did one flea say to the other? Shall we walk or take the dog?".
Third, Mill Street. That's the main street in downtown Almonte. It's lined with beautiful old stone buildings, and it's the route for the daily puppet parade. There's a balcony overlooking the town square and two puppets heckle passers-by. While we were waiting for the parade to start, they cracked lines like "This parade entry is called 'woman with stroller'" and ""Maybe that dude with the baby on his head is float." Or to a guy dressed up as Darth Vader: "The sith's gonna hit the fan!"
I took a lot of photos and posted them here on my flickr account. Most of these are from the puppet parade, where all the puppet performers, community volunteers, and everybody else who has a puppet walks down Mill Street. Here are some of my favourite pics from the day:
|Old lady on a motorized scooter.|
|Old Scot on a motorized scooter.|
|Moments before, Darth was pointing a menacing finger at the balcony puppet hecklers.|
|If you're famous enough in Almonte, they make you a puppet doppleganger.|
|Gordon O'Connor, Member of Parliament.|
|These are the puppets that heckle from the balcony, with an abundance of corny humour.|
|There are puppets in just about every shop window.|
|This puppet made us a banana milkshake.|
|Puppets for sale...|
|...and puppets on a clothesline.|
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