Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 1 Downtown

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta is a colourful highlight of the year, drawing thousands of visitors to the community, along with the locals.

I’ve photographed it in past years for the Osoyoos Times, but this year was the first I was shooting for myself. More than a few people asked if I was back with the paper. I’m not. It’s just a fun way to keep up my camera skills and share the images with the community.

This collection features 37 photos from downtown events, mainly the parade, water fight and bhangra dancers. I’ll be posting more photos from the Gyro Park events and fireworks later.

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Richard McGuire

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As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

This year the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta celebrated 71 years, including the time it was known as Cherry Carnival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Sgt. Jason Bayda, commanding officer at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment, waves to parade crowds from the RCMP’s ATV. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of Branch 173 of the Royal Canadian Legion marched near the fron to the parade, accompanied by several American Legion members from Oroville. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Summerland Pipes and Drums played for the crowd near the front of the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Wearing an oversized hat, town counillor Jim King waves as he walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff smiles and waves as she walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

J.F. Launier, connoisseur of fine vehicles, drives a convertible in the parade. Waving from the back seat is town councillor C.J. Rhodes. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A large crowd watches the Cherry Fiesta parade in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Incoming and outgoing Osoyoos Ambassadors give the crowd the royal wave. (Richard McGuire Photo)

These colourfully dressed girls announce the arrival of the Okanagan Portuguese Drummers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Okanagan Portuguese Drummers performed in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A clown on a unicycle tosses candy into the air as kids scramble for it in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Bob Sherwood of the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society waves from the local volunteer group’s new boat used for lake water testing. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Harold Cox drives his 1928 Ford Model “A” in the parade. A sign on the back declares that although the car is 91 years old, Cox is still a young pup by comparison. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Girls riding in a Mercedes convertible for Luna del Sol Hair Design show off some colourful hairdos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Liberal Connie Denesiuk waves to the crowd. With her was federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Conservative Helena Konanz was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he travelled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It’s a long reach for a stilt walker to touch hands of small children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of the Penticton Royalty were in the parade to promote their city’s Peach Festival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A tractor leads the way for the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society’s parade entry. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Desert Spirit Osoyoos dragon boat club carried a fabric “dragon” along with parade route, sometimes stopping to “devour” young children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vince Sam waves to the crowd after shoveling up a deposit of horse poo along the parade route. Many people cheered him. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Conservative Helena Konanz waves to the crowd. Liberal Connie Denesiuk was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he traveled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It was an Osoyoos standoff as these kids aimed their water artillery at each other, but held their fire. They were saving it for the firefighters who were about to return. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

About Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is a photographer and photojournalist based in Osoyoos in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada.

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