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PHOTOS: Sarnia finds 150 ways to say Happy Birthday, Canada!

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Huge crowds turned out in Canatara and Centennial Parks on Saturday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation.

The day began with a parade into Canatara Park that was one of the largest in recent memory, and ended with a display of fireworks over Sarnia Bay that brought ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs.’

In between, the sea of red and white enjoyed food, arts and crafts, singing, cupcakes, magic shows, inflatables and plenty of live music.

Photos by Glenn Ogilvie

Cassandra Forbes, of Just Baskits & Balloon Decor, salutes people who lined up to watch the morning parade into Canatara Park. Glenn Ogilvie
Cassandra Forbes, of Just Baskits & Balloon Decor, salutes people who lined up to watch the morning parade into Canatara Park. 

The first of several afternoon rain showers arrived just as the parade was coming to an end.  Here, Sarnia's Cori Savo provides a sheltering umbrella for, from left, Andrea Savo, 4, Avaya Savo, 6 and Brennen Penner, 4, eating Italian pasta. Glenn Ogilvie
The first of several afternoon rain showers arrived just as the parade was coming to an end. Here, Sarnia’s Cori Savo provides a sheltering umbrella for, from left, Andrea Savo, 4, Avaya Savo, 6 and Brennen Penner, 4, eating Italian pasta. 

Julia Iacovella has a laugh while Owen Allison tucks into a souvlaki after being drenched in a food line-up at Canatara Park. Glenn Ogilvie
Julia Iacovella has a laugh while Owen Allison tucks into a souvlaki after being drenched in a food line-up at Canatara Park.
Glenn Ogilvie
Lineups formed at the multicultural food booths in Canatara Park. Here, Sovla Kiatos serves up spanakopita, a Greek spinach pie. Glenn Ogilvie
Lineups formed at the multicultural food booths in Canatara Park. Here, Sovla Kiatos serves up spanakopita, a Greek spinach pie.
Glenn Ogilvie
Bluewater Cheer Athletics members entertain a crowd with a dazzling display of aerial athleticism. Glenn Ogilvie
Bluewater Cheer Athletics members entertain a crowd with a dazzling display of aerial athleticism.
Glenn Ogilvie
Lisa Petrucci and Anissa Iacobelli use a Union Jack umbrella to shelter from the sun. A little later they used it to shelter from a sudden downpour. Glenn Ogilvie
Lisa Petrucci and Anissa Iacobelli use a Union Jack umbrella to shelter from the sun. A little later they used it to shelter from a sudden downpour. 

Members of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club perform for a huge crowd lining the parade route. Glenn Ogilvie
Members of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club perform for a huge crowd lining the parade route.

 

 

 

 

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