Celebration of the Swans

The Parade of the Swans is the official sign of spring in Canada. It takes place in the charming city of Stratford on the Avon River.

all white

I wore white for the occasion, with a pop of red: sunglasses and sandals (first time wearing sandals this year!). White doubled-breasted hoodie is from Hudson’s Bay, white cargo pants from Spanner.

white with red sandals

Every year the swans of Stratford march from their winter home, along the path to the scenic Avon River in Southern, Ontario. Crowds gather to watch these awesome birds strut by.

swans 1

Led by the parade Marshal – Mr. Goose

Mr Gooseswans 2

The Stratford Pipers are heard for miles around and it is a family affair.

Stratford Pipers

Although I’m not a swimmer–prefer to stay on the bank of the river–I love water.

Avon River

My grandchildren enjoyed the day with lots of fun activities for children of all ages.

my granddaughter

big swantrain ridetree climbingIMG_7722

bridge 2 bridge 1

And with colourful crocuses bursting from the soil, yes, Spring has come to Canada!


 I turned some heads in my all white outfit, time for TURNING HEADS TUESDAY and LINKUPWITH LISA and SYDNEY FASHION HUNTER and VISIBLE MONDAY


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32 Responses to Celebration of the Swans

  1. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    Delightful family, beautiful generations, all! Lovely to have a day like you did. Very cool in all white. Great cargos … not a bit droopy, cut just close enough for a surprisingly flattering fit! So cute sandals … red! Perfect.

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  2. Beautiful grandchildren, and what a fun way to spend the day.
    Red sandals, woo hoo!

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  3. hi, dear! very inspirational blog! you look beautiful!

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  4. Rebecca says:

    You’re a vision in white Carmen – love the slouchy but polished look and thanks for sharing images from this happy event!


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  5. COCOOLOOK says:

    Carmen, te he conocido a través del blog de Josep y me ha sorprendido tu enorme estilo y elegancia!!! Te felicito!!
    Un beso

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  6. Great white pants outfit. Pinned! Your grandbabies are adorable!!! Thanks for linking up 🙂


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  7. ILEANA says:

    Stratford is one of my favorite cities in Ontario! I’m happy you posted these pictures reminding me of the swan parade and the beauty of spring in Stratford. You look so gracious in white!
    Hugs to your adorable grandchildren.

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  8. Dana says:

    When I look at your all-in-white-outfit I had to think of summer!! You look absolutely lovely in it. Love the pants!! Thank you so much for sharing all this gorgeous pictures and the beautiful expiriences. Enjoyed this post very much 🙂

    have a good time
    see you soon
    Dana 🙂

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  9. Bob says:

    I admire your “joi de vivre”….you are always celebrating….certainly life is reason to celebrate….. the omnipresence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    You point the way, ever so gently and kindly, that all your family and friends may share in the joy that life offers. You are indeed a role model.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences through your blog.
    No matter what colour you wear, you always present with such grace, poise and elegance that it is no wonder that you turn heads. You must keep hubby busy checking out and keeping at bay all those turned heads !!!! 😀

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  10. Gaston says:

    Beautiful photos. You look stunning. You stand out from the crowd.

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  11. cinin1962 says:

    You look great!!

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  12. utesmile says:

    Sounds like a great day out Carmen, Lovely in white. I wonder how do the swans though keep this day in the calendars and walk down the road???? 🙂 Great to spend the day with family you all enjoyed the day I can see. Beautiful in white like the swans!

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  13. Carmen, you’re a beautiful swan yourself!! Really though, love your all white freshness. I think I’ll get my white jeans out this next week. I can’t waiting for Memorial weekend.
    I saw the big red ball outside my local Target today and thought of you. 😉

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    • carmen says:

      Oh how sweet of you dear Joni! I do love white and I went shopping yesterday for white skinnie jeans, they didn’t have my size so I will keep looking. Do you ever wear all white? I’m preparing another post on white outfits and would love to include you!

      Thanks for thinking of me when you saw the BIG red ball.

      ❤ carmen


  14. It’s about time! Summer will be here before my daffodils start blooming.

    I’ve always wanted to go to see this swan parade. Looks like fun : )

    Your all white outfit fits in perfectly.


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    • carmen says:

      Thank you Suzanne! I love all white and featured you when I did a post on white outfits. I’ll be doing another one soon if you’d like to be part of this collection.

      You shoud go, but get there early, there’s a myriad of people and too many kids!

      ❤ carmen


  15. Ralph says:

    You look nice in white Carmen (so do the swans 😉 ) Thanks for sharing your lovely family day out. xox ❤

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  16. Lor @ Lovely & Cozy ♥ says:

    I’ve never heard of this event in Canada…sounds awesome!

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  17. Love these pictures Carmen! What a neat parade, beautiufl swans, and your grandkids look like they were having a blast. You look lovely in all white! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Jess! I love white and that’s the fun of fashion, we can change our colours from day to day. I would not do well working somewhere that uniforms must be worn. 😦

      It was a fun day! Wishing you fun and happy days!!

      ❤ carmen


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