Thousands Create Second Annual Canada Day ‘Living Flag’

Thousands of Winnipeggers form a giant living flag on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Manitoba legislature. (RON GILFILLAN / DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ)

Thousands of people dressed in red and white assembled Sunday to create the second annual Canada Day living flag.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ organized the event at the Manitoba legislature, inviting 5,000 Winnipeggers to come out and try to out-patriot Langley, BC. The western Canadian city had previously challenged Winnipeg to see who could create the largest flag made out of people.

View the photo gallery below.

“It was truly amazing to see such community pride today,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ. “Our flag was made up of people from all walks of life — a real multicultural mosaic and snapshot truly representative of our downtown community. Not only did our living flag look bigger than last year, we showed just how much civic pride and love we have for our city.”

Organizers will have a final tally from the event shortly. Last year’s inaugural event brought out 3,400 people.

View time-lapse video of the living flag (no audio):

Video courtesy of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

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See how Winnipeggers celebrated the day in Osborne Village and at The Forks.

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