LARGE CROWD OF WINNIPEGGERS FORM 2ND ANNUAL CANADA DAY LIVING FLAG
Officials say Living Flag photo bigger than last year – official count and results to be released shortly
Downtown Winnipeg – Winnipeggers showed all of Canada how much they truly love their city and downtown – as thousands of participants, dressed in red and white t-shirts and patriotic attire, assembled into one of Canada’s largest living flags at the Manitoba Legislative Grounds on Canada Day.
Leading up to the event, Langley, BC threw down the gauntlet, challenging the Downtown BIZ in the goal of creating Canada’s largest living flag. The official results of this challenge will be released in the next few days and Canada will know if Langley or Winnipeg clinched the top spot. Victoria and Calgary also formed visually dynamic living flags.
“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.”
With a bright, sunny and festive backdrop, the 2nd annual Canada Day Living Flag event brought Winnipeggers together to celebrate our wonderful country as a collectively engaged community, attracting young and old, as well as new Canadians. The event is part of a larger push towards 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, where we hope to engage and mobilize even more Winnipeggers to participate.
Special thanks to sponsors: Heritage Canada – Celebrate Canada, Telenium, Special T Shirt Company, Portage Place, Tim Hortons, The Sign Source, Arnold Bros. Transportation, Downtown BIZ, HOT 103 and the Winnipeg Sun.
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For more information or a photo of the Downtown BIZ’s Living Flag, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040
Photo credit: Ron Gilfillan/Downtown Winnipeg BIZ