Meaning of Canada Day not lost in festivities

Thousands of people fill the streets of during the Canada Day festivities in downtown Ottawa, July...

Thousands of people fill the streets of during the Canada Day festivities in downtown Ottawa, July 1, 2014. (Matthew Usherwood/QMI Agency)

Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

OTTAWA — Thousands of people braved wacky weather to ring in the nation’s birthday in the capital.

All day long, the patriotic love was prevalent.

From people spontaneously breaking into the national anthem, to countless photos with all things Canadian, to the costumes, it was a Canada Day celebration to remember.

But beneath all the glittery tattoos, face paint, and flags-turned-to-capes, the meaning of the day was not lost.

“I think being Canadian is a gift to some people. Most people around the world don’t have what Canadians have,” said Samantha Hogue.

“You see all these cultures coming together because people immigrate to Canada for a better life. And then we get to experience all these wonderful cultures. “

Dominic Tremblay’s love for Canada meant dressing up in a super hero-esque costume.

Decked out in red and white, complete with a maple leaf shield, “Captain Canada” had posed for more than 600 pictures by noon. His goal was 1,200.


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