This morning, the City’s annual birthday celebration and Mayor’s Walk took place along the riverfront in Windsor. Hundreds of people turned out to take part in “Walk for a Creative City”, where arts groups walked against the Mayor and followers to show their support for the arts in Windsor!
The Mayor’s Walk then moved east, toward the Festival Plaza, where they were met by an amazing turnout of striking City Employees! Tons of pictures after Read More.
Arts groups prepare for the walk, including the Greater Windsor Concert Band.
Stretching and warming up!!
The Arts Count! This can’t be emphasized enough!
Organizers Pina Ciotoli, and Tom Lucier give a thanks to everyone for coming to the walk.
Tom knows how to pose for me…. even from 200m away!
And Walk for a Creative City begins, heading west to Ambassador Park.
After confronting the Mayor’s Walk, the two walks become one and head eastward.
And then this really caught me off guard… my girlfriend says to me “Is that the Union??!”
And it was!
And they go to confront the Mayor and members of City Council.
Members of CUPE 543 and 82, and the arts community stand, in support of their cause, in the face of the Mayor and an administration unwilling to solve the issues of either group. (click for fullsize)
The mayor is interviewed, guarded by a dozen police officers, plainclothes cars on Riverside Drive and a police boat, all while being chanted at with ”Hey, ho, Eddie’s gotta go”!
A few minutes later, the walk gets going again, with a few stops of chant and song.
On the way to the festival plaza, the Windsor Peace Coalition held a silent protest.
At the Plaza, hundreds gathered for wraps, cake, live music and bouncy furniture.
Press Coverage: the Mayor cuts the cake.
Serving up delicious cupcakes.
And everything ended… with cake!!