As city officials worked feverishly behind the scenes to prepare for an announcement that flows on the Assiniboine River could reach near-2011 levels, other municipal workers made sure that the Canada Day show went on.
The weather co-operated, for once, with clearing skies and some actual heat in the late afternoon, which made the Brandon Riverbank celebrations seem a little sunny, despite soggy land that forced people to park across the street at the Corral Centre.
Thousands of tickets for the Duck Race were sold, despite river levels being too high once again for an actual duck race.
Huge crowds turned out for the apparently successful attempt to set a world record for poutine. A living flag added a touch of colour.
And a tremendous display of fireworks capped the whole day off.
The next week may be somewhat of a tense one, with roads closed and water rising behind dikes once again. Wasn’t this supposed to be every 300 years? Not every three?
But it’s reassuring to know that the city believes it has things well enough in hand that everything else doesn’t have to come to a screeching halt.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 3, 2014