Canada Day Revellers Create ‘Living Flag’

Canada Day Living Flag
About 3,500 people create the country’s largest living flag on Canada Day, July 1, 2013, in downtown Winnipeg. (RON GILLFILLAN / DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG BIZ)

An estimated 3,500 Winnipeggers showed their Canadian pride on Monday to create a giant living flag downtown.

Wearing red and white T-shirts, participants were directed by volunteers with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ to assemble for a photo at the Manitoba legislature.

People began showing up around 9 a.m. — some as early as before 6 a.m. — to be a part of the third annual living flag. Winnipeg once again defended its title against Victoria to organize the most people on Canada Day to create the flag.

“We’ve proven once again that we’re still the city to beat, having defended our ‘largest living flag’ title again — highlighting our resounding pride in Winnipeg and our downtown,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

The event is part of a larger push towards 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, where the BIZ hopes to engage and mobilize even more Winnipeggers to participate.

View the photo gallery below from various Canada Day celebrations around the city on Monday.