July 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAJOR SUCCESS FOR CANADA’S LARGEST LIVING MAPLE LEAF AS THOUSANDS PARTICIPATE AT PORTAGE & MAIN
Winnipeg, Manitoba –Today, 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.”
The official photo, plus additional photos can be found on the dropbox:
Short link: goo.gl/uieRMM
Additionally, more photos and the time lapse video will be uploaded to the Dropbox today.
Visit our website for past photos from the Canada Day Living Flag/Maple Leaf: http://downtownwinnipegbiz.com/programs-services/events/canada-day-living-flag/
Thank you to Dan Harper of Dan Harper Photography for producing both this year’s official photo and time-lapse video.
Thank-you to our sponsors: 201 Portage, CIBC, Canada Heritage, Telenium, The Flag Shop, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, CBC, Winnipeg Sun, QX 104 and Special T-shirt Company.
About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Canada Day Living Flag/Living Maple Leaf
Since 2011, the living flag event has captured the imagination and hearts of over 18,000 Winnipeggers, and has become a multicultural mosaic and snapshot of how welcoming, inclusive, and accessible our downtown community truly is. In 2012, our living flag photo was chosen and produced as an official Canada Post stamp – with more than 10 million stamps produced and circulated worldwide. In its first three years, the BIZ defended its title as the “largest living flag” in Canada, beating Langley, Calgary, and Ottawa’s living flags, but was beat out by Calgary in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, the BIZ brought the title back to Winnipeg and reclaimed our largest living flag victory!
In 2016, approximately 3,200 people participated in the Canada Day Living Flag in Winnipeg, which was held at Shaw Park.
Tineke de Jong, Director of Marketing, Events & Communications
Phone: Cell – (204) 806-2506 Email: Tineke@downtownwinnipegbiz.com