PBC Toronto at Oktoberfest 2011!

Sunday, October 09, 2011 – Monday, October 10, 2011: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

DTNPBC Toronto once again took part in this year’s Oktoberfest parade in Kitchener & Waterloo, where the biggest Oktoberfest celebration is held outside of Germany. Over here, it occurs on the very same week as the Thanksgiving weekend, so some of us PBCers got to spend Thanksgiving together. 🙂 We were also joined by our dear Hoi Nguoi Viet Kitchener Waterloo as every year, as well as the Vietnamese Student Associations of the University of Waterloo and Laurier.

The special thing about this year’s parade was that the Vietnamese community had a PARADE FLOAT!! It was made following last year’s parade with many donations from community members and the very hard work of the Tokyo Auto Collision bodyshop, who also run the Toronto Vietnamese Marching Band. This year was the first time it appeared in public at a parade!

Hope to see everyone there again next year!!

Unveiling of the first ever Vietnamese-Canadian community parade float

Sunday, June 05, 2011 – Tokyo Auto Collision Body Shop, Toronto, ON.

Last weekend, a part of the Vietnamese-Canadian community in Toronto gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the first ever official parade float to represent the Vietnamese Refugee and Expatriate community in Canada. This float will participate in big events such as the Oktoberfest Parade in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario. Many members from several Vietnamese community groups attended the event. Two MPs from the Canadian government also attended to show their support, one of them on behalf of Canada’s current Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Jason Kenney. It was a lovely afternoon, and I am sure this wonderful float will go down in the history of our community. Many thanks should go out to the people who built the float with only their own passion, good will, and bare hands. It is an amazing piece of work and will be forever cherished by our Vietnamese-Canadian community.

Photography courtesy of PBC photographer Brian Nguyen!