Thousands of Winnipeggers came together to create the first ever living maple leaf at the intersection of Portage and Main – claiming the title of largest living maple leaf in Canada!
Over 3,600 proud and patriotic people gathered at the intersection dressed in red for the photo and the title. Guests were joined by Robert Falcon-Ouellette, MP of Winnipeg Centre and His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg. CIBC brought the Canadian Oath of Citizenship to the event, which was presented by Mayor Bowman and Paralympian Tim McIssac. Singers lead guests in O’Canada and Happy Birthday and a Hercules plane flew over the crowd in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.
“Canada Day is all about celebrating our love for our country, and appreciating the values that bind us together as a nation,” says Stefano Grande, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “This year, for the first time ever, we brought the 201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf to the iconic Portage and Main intersection, where thousands of Winnipeggers came together to show love for their country. It proved to be a big success for our city and downtown.”
Photos by Nonie Manalili and Alfred Gaddi | Filipino Journal