British Columbia, Canada
Well I am not sure if Vancouver, British Columbia is the only city that does this or not, but on New Year'd Day for some ungodly reason, people actually go for a "Polar Bear Swim" down at various points on the ocean, running into the freezing ocean, standing there for a few minutes (long enough to get on t.v.), while some actually swim, and then run out again However, I have to give this one little old couple in the West End credit as these little darlings have been doing this for over 50 years, and part of the tradition here is to watch for "The Jensens" every year and hope they are still around to do the swim.
We have a month long Jazz Festival with musicians everywhere! Fantastic free entertainment as well as concerts of the "best".
We have a fireworks display with pyrotechicians coming from all over the world to complete (but Spain wins most of the time) and I can actually watch this from my living room window (thank goodness as downtown is jammed pack).
And of course the ever popular Pacific National Exhibition taking over acres of land with rides, booths, events, car-smashing, etc., kind of like you State Fairs I guess, with more fireworks displays. Seems fireworks are a big thing here.
And of course B.C. Day where everyone in British Columbia parties. And I forgot to mention the biggest thrill of all is if our hockey team wins now that is something to see, people become animals here!
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[This message has been edited by Mysteria (02-13-2002 04:14 AM).]