The chief organizer for the big-lizard-and-spider extravaganza was the person estimating the crowd.
Then look at the enormity of the numbers. The highest Canada Day estimate your agent has ever seen was 500,000 people in a year the Queen showed at what was then a National Capital Commission event. To beat the biggest estimated crowd by 50 per cent (Laflamme said the lizard show had 750,000 spectators) is pushing credibility. Ottawa 2017, a branch plant of Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa, says that 750,000 people in a city of about 900,000 went to the show.
Funny your agent saw a lot of people around town and a rather spectacular lineup at the Champlain Bridge who weren’t at the lizard extravaganza.
Who knows? Maybe there were 750,000 were at La Machine. But before buying that figure from organizers in whose interest is the highest attendance possible, a little critical thinking is in order.
Here’s what we know for certain. Laflamme doesn’t know how many people were in downtown Ottawa last weekend. Not unless someone was secretly selling tickets and counting the stubs.
How many people were at Lizardpalooza? Nobody knows.
Photo above: The La Machine lizard should really cut back on the jalapenos.
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