3,400 in Living Flag!




WINNIPEG, MB–3,400 people showed their national pride Canada Day by standing shoulder to shoulder to form Canada’s biggest-ever Living Flag this morning in front of the Legislature, despite the light rain.

The Downtown BIZ had challenged Winnipeggers to come out and beat Victoria’s record of about 2,100 people in 2010. While Victoria’s final tally for their July 1 event won’t be known until closer to 4:00pm CST, Winnipeg’s event organizers are ecstatic about the participation.

“We were hoping for just over 2,000 people, and when the line started forming before 9am, we knew this event had really captured Winnipeggers’ imaginations,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “No matter how many people Victoria gets today, we know today we beat their previous record. I have to say, when everyone started singing O Canada together I had a shiver down my spine. It was amazing.”

Thank you to sponsors: Portage Place, Telenium, Special T, Tim Hortons, The Sign Source, HOT 103 and Ace Burpee, the Winnipeg Sun and Superb Entertainment. Special appearances by Rollin Penner and the Travelling Medicine Show, Klutzo the Clown, Damien Lussier, Magician Sevrian and caricatures by Jeremy Jones. Thanks also to the Province and City.

The Canada Day Living Flag is in support of Change for the Better, provide work opportunities for street people.