The possibility of rain was in the forecast in Winnipeg on Canada Day. And, in fact, it did rain. But that didn't deter thousands of people who lined up the streets in front of Manitoba's Legislative building. Their aim was to set a new record for the largest living Canadian flag. They succeeded, and in doing so, beat the previous record set by the city of Victoria.
The event was organized by the Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone, a company also known as Downtown Biz. Last Year, Victoria set a record of roughly 2,100 people. Downtown Biz urged Winnipeggers to come out and beat that record. About 3,400 people turned up, stood shoulder-to-shoulder and showed off their national pride.
“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’ imagination,” said Downtown BIZ executive director Stefano Grande in a press release.
Event organizers handed out free T-shirts to the first 2,000 attendees in anticipation for the event. Sure enough, the organizers soon ran out of the T-shirts.
“No matter how many people Victoria gets today, we know today we beat their previous record,” said Grande. “I have to say, when everyone started singing O Canada together I had a shiver down my spine. It was amazing.”