After I went to the Eat! festival, I wandered over to the downtown core to take in the atmosphere of a Canucks crowd after a huge win! I was not looking forward to this crowd, but at least it dissipates pretty quickly since fans could now go elsewhere to celebrate instead of crowding around the TV screens.
People everywhere, enjoying themselves. Every other car that drove by was honking their horns, waving their flags. A mood this city hasn’t really seen since the Olympics were in town.
I was enjoying myself! Tons of high fives. A crowd surrounding a street rapper with break dancers in front of him. It all made me want to go downtown again on Monday for game 6 when the Canucks have a chance to win the Cup!
But as I was walking down Georgia (where the fans watched the game on giant screens) I began to notice something…
I was actually really disgusted. What kind of city are we? During the Olympics it wasn’t this dirty. Although there was more of a presence of the volunteers who picked up garbage, we actually threw our own garbage away! But after one of the biggest wins of the year, and the crowd of 100,000 throws their garbage on the ground?
I really hope that Monday’s crowd won’t do this, but they probably will. They litter for the fireworks. They throw garbage in the streets for big Canada Day celebrations. And now they dirty a Canucks win. I guess the cleanliness of the Olympics was just an anomaly.