facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bagpipers lead swans to Canadian river

April 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM   |   Comments

STRATFORD, Ontario, April 5 (UPI) -- A flock of swans and geese were back in the water Monday in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario, after police bagpipers and drummers led them in a parade.

Each Easter Sunday, the city holds the Swan Parade to lead the waterfowl from their winter fenced enclosure back to the Avon River. This year, the parade route was five-deep in spectators, The London (Ontario) Free Press reported Monday.

The kilt-wearing Stratford Police Services pipe band played and marched the birds to the riverbank in balmy weather as volunteer wranglers kept the 28 swans and two Chinese geese on the route, the report said.

Spectators tossed corn and grain to the birds, which included three already-mated pairs, the newspaper said. The swans are territorial and will establish their spaces on the river before mating, the Stratford Gazette said.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Utah woman allegedly used bacon to ignite arson attack against ex
2
Man raises $28,000 to have his 100-pound scrotum removed
3
Missing Canadian found alive in Oklahoma almost 40 years later
4
Anytime Pale Ale sold by the 99 pack
5
Hyperlapse: UPI climbed Meat Mountain so you won't have to
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback