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Canada Day Celebrations in Montreal – the faces of diversity

Proud Canadians came out in full force to celebrate Canada Day across this vast nation with brilliant-coloured parades, homegrown performers, and making Canada Day a flag-waving extravaganza of unity and freedom.

Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in North America, moved to the beat of multiculturalism at Canada Day celebrations in Old Montreal.

Canadian Armed Forces Military Band began the festivities raising the flag while playing the national anthem, with fireworks that flashed across the sky in the Old Port - shining bright in Montreal’s Old Port.

Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", Canada Day, is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act - Canada is now a kingdom in its own right.

The human history of Montreal, spans some 8,000 years, and over the centuries and still today, has many faces of cultural diversity. Even if Montreal's mixed cultural heritage isn't managed in a systematic and organised way, numerous activities demonstrate how recognition continues to grow and develop. They tell the stories of how various communities were established and developed over time, as well as relating a bit of the history and present day circumstances of their countries of origin.

Although Montreal and Quebec has been flagged by many as a separatist province in waiting -- riddled with controversy, infamous for government corruption and scandals, it remains today as a strong Province in Canada today with a newly elected Liberal Government.
The Montreal Old Port hosts a variety of historic and cultural events throughout Canada’s Birthday celebrations with a stunning fireworks display over the St. Lawrence River to close out the celebrations, starting at 10:15 p.m.

Examiner, David Love, arrived in downtown Montreal to cover and film the events up to, and including the spectacular fireworks show lighting up the sky over the St. Lawrence River.

Canada's birthday wasn't just celebrated at home this year. In Rio de Janeiro, the city's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up red and white amid an eerie fog that settled on the city Tuesday night.

And our neighbours and allies to the south also paid tribute by illuminating New York City's Empire State building red and white.

One Canadian stated: “We can be proud, as a nation, of our successes in arts, science and business, and our world-beating innovations in all of those. We had a Nobel Prize winner and a Cannes Film Festival winner this year.”

It was a great day in a great nation – Canada.

David Love

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