Sask Sask Rocks
Breaking up your walking within a day can be smart. It happened by circumstance for me; first in Willowgrove, a really well-looked-after neighbourhood. The second leg was along Spadina, the actual procession of Saskatoon’s chariot fest, which is about 1.5 kilometres in length. A third installment was along the Saskatchewan River as the full moon shone with pride. Doing a day’s trekking in spurts can be a blessing—it keeps the machinery, the body, in operation.
Now about the Fest in general—it was great. The Chief of Police, Officer Cooper, walked along with us for the procession and stayed at the site, Meewassin Park; he was a real success with kids and parents. He sat through the entire stage session, watched and listened, then let kids borrow his cap to wear for photos. His companion officers danced, with arms in the air, throughout the procession. They were just great.
Sam Mitchell is a flautist and he was just incredible, playing against Ananda’s tabla. Very professional. Very devotional. It was just the best act on the stage.
What also worked was getting the crowds to dance which involved leading them in step-by-step movements. Engaging people in devotional exercise is what people will really remember.
There was a lot of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, and even during the procession, motorists slowed down, showing so much happiness. This was noticed by Chief Cooper who mentioned it in his speech on Meewassin’s stage.
May the Source be with you!