NEWMARKET -- A sea of red and white filled Main Street in Newmarket, as thousands of people came together to celebrate Canada Day.
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There were vendors selling food, clothing, books, and for those young at heart they could get a Henna Tattoo to show their Canadian pride with a Maple Leaf.
At Riverwalk Commons there was a ferris wheel for the children to ride on and a farmer’s market was selling their produce.
A group called the “Crooked Zebras” entertained the children with songs such as Hokie Pokie.
“It’s wonderful to be able to live in a country this is open and free, that’s the way we were brought up. Across Canada today everybody is celebrating,” said Florence White.
Of course that wasn’t completely true as many Aboriginal protestors showed their disdain for the celebrations taking place on Parliament Hill.
“Coming together as a community is the most important thing when we have events. It’s a little bit tricky because I want to celebrate with everyone but there are some communities that feel left out like the First Nations communities so we are trying to encourage open conversations that express their concern and their history,” said York Region Pride representative Jacob Gal.
In all, the celebrations for Canada’s biggest birthday were a success and continue across the long weekend as residents show just how happy they are to be part of such a great country.
“Canada means freedom and democracy, everyone today in particular today is talking to each other no matter where they are from and saying happy Canada Day,” said Sandra Millar.
“And we are all getting along and we are vibrant and enjoying the day.”