It’s not easy being inside a rotund penguin costume balancing yourself on a float. Downright impossible I would say. But, apparently the penguin is noted for its balance-in fact, they say we should walk like a penguin in the winter to avoid icy mishaps.
Well no one had their phones handy when the penguin on the Mount Pakenham float in the Carleton Place Santa Claus tumbled over. Laying on his back with his writhing feet and arms in the air, that fall was pretty precarious, but he never missed a beat. Thankfully his ‘handler’ came quickly to his aid and he got a rousing deserved applause. Well done Mr. Pakenham Penguin!
This isn’t the first time mishaps have happened.
The glamorous Miss Piggy was singing a duet of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with the living legend Tony Bennett at the Macy’s Day Parade in 2016. When the float moved forward into the parade, it caused the 90-year-old to briefly loose his balance and stumble — but Miss Piggy came to the rescue and grabbed onto Bennett, preventing his fall. She was called a life-saver just like the Mount Pakenham float aid.
Then there was Dopey, one of Snow White’s dwarfs, falling over at Disney World but Goofy broke his fall.
Saturday, I had never see someone like that penguin use his arms so quickly while floundering on the float. As Thomas Jefferson once said: “No free man or penguin will ever be debarred the use of arms!”
This was the 1967 celebration parade and they are from the Armstrong family slides. I know the driver of the fire truck is Ken Drummond with his daughter, Heather I believe. Wendy also said some of them were Between the Bank and Dollarama.– Wendy Healey
As they were slides it is tricky for photos now a days– but this was just fantastic and made my day. Thanks Wendy!
Ken Drummond with his daughter, Heather
The old town water tower
I see some members of some of our local parishes here.
What a great shot!
Ken Drummond and daughter Heather
The old town water tower
Karen Dorman photo In 1967 at the centennial celebrations. Left to right – Karen Saunders Dorman, Marlene Springer, Julie Saunders Butler and Helen Saunders. Our mother’s made the dresses.
Who is in our parade tomorrow night June 29, 2017?
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-This photo was taken during the Carleton Place Centennial Parade on July 1, 1967. The Revelliers are marching by what is now the Granary building. We are looking forward to the 150th parade coming in July 2017!
Cathy Stanfield–This is the Rebecca Lodge float. My Mom and Aunt were members for years. The ladies either made or had made the outfits they have on. I know because I still have my Mom’s s\dress and bonnet 🙂 She’s on the far left with the black ribbon on her bonnet. Jean Bradford is driving the tractor. The Rebecca Lodge did a lot of volunteer work back in the day and were great supporters of the Marching Saints Drum Corps-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum