Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles wave to the crowd as they ride in a carriage during Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Fred Chartrand OTTAWA — Kids splashed in boggy mud puddles and brandished sodden paper Maple Leaf flags Saturday as a waterlogged rainbow coalition of rain slickers, ponchos and umbrellas assembled under grey skies on Parliament Hill to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.
By midday, however, the rains had relented as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and their children arrived, along with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, to take in the day’s performances, including a rousing version of “Carry On” by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
A CF-18 streaked over the Centre Block, drowning out the final notes of O Canada, before Heritage Minister Melanie Joly kicked off the proceedings in earnest: “Welcome to Canada Day,” she enthused.
Spirits were high despite a persistent downpour all morning as a long line of revellers snaked down Wellington Street, the southern edge of the parliamentary precinct, in order to brave a steely security gauntlet in order to get onto the grounds.
“I’ve wanted to come to Parliament Hill since high school,” said Jenna Doerksen, 29, whose family travelled from Winnipeg to mark what her father Don Collinridge described as her favourite holiday.
Doerksen, clad in a red T-shirt and sporting a tiara festooned with flags, described herself as “dressed down” compared with the rest of her family — the airline, she said, lost her luggage, forcing her to cobble together an outfit from borrowed bits and pieces.
Her father spent five hours the night before crafting a hat out of red and white balloons, while wife Lynda, 56, built a crown of flags, including two from the centennial celebrations in 1967, when she was in […]
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