By Molly Gatt –
Walking under the bridge to get to Westboro Beach for the annual carnival on Feb. 6 was like entering a winter wonderland. The weather was a mild -1°C with a sprinkle of snow. Over 150 people attended this event from all over the city.
Children were painting snow with spray bottles, filled with pink, blue and green dyes, drinking hot chocolate by the fire and sliding down the hill on toboggans they brought from home. Parents and other adults joined the fun or spent time enjoying each others company with friendly chit-chat.
The annual event is hosted by the Westboro Beach Community Association. Organizer Peter Bruton said what made this year different, was how heavily advertised the event was on social media. Facebook and Twitter posts brought in a lot more people from outside the neighborhood that otherwise would never have known about it.
Peter also said the snow was very icy around the hill an hour before the carnival started and was afraid it wouldn’t be safe for the kids to toboggan or anyone to even walk around without slipping and hurting themselves. Luckily everything fell into place, as the hill melted just in time for when the carnival opened at 1:30 p.m. Kids were running up the hill almost as fast as they were sliding down.