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2012-07-01 at 17:00

Happy birthday

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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The city was red and white all over for Canada Day.

Thousands of people in Thunder Bay were given a beautiful gift for the nation’s 145 th birthday Sunday as temperatures hit the high 20s and the sun was out in full force.  Around 4,000 people embraced the present and headed back in time to Fort William Historical Park in the afternoon. Marketing manager Doug Stanton said Canada Day is one the fort’s largest family events of the year.

“Canada Day has become quite a tradition for families across Canada. Everyone celebrates the nation’s birthday but I think particularly with the fort what it is is it’s a great location for family,” he said. “And the hours of the event today tie in nicely with what’s going on later tonight at Marina Park.”

Draped in maple leaves and other celebratory gear, families packed the wharf along the Kaministiquia River, as cannons boomed in anticipation for the grand arrival. Once the guests of honour, featuring fort doctor John McLoughlin, arrived by canoe a toast to the country was given to great cheers. The crowd then filed its way back to the main square where O Canada was sung before cake was passed around.

The event was also packed with face painting, a petting zoo, canoe rides and arts and crafts. Lisa Audet said she and her family celebrate at the fort because it’s close to their home and her children love the activities, especially face painting.

“We like to come out here and enjoy Canada Day with the rest of Thunder Bay,” she said.

Just as the fort event winds down, Marina Park will pick it back up at 6 p.m. starting with a parade along Water Street. Although last year’s fireworks display was cut short by heavy fog, it appears the weather will cooperate this time as the forecast calls for a few clouds with a low of 13 C.

 

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Sui Generis says:
We had a great time at the marina, but, I do have to say that was one of the worst parades I have ever seen. We were really excited to hear the parade was back this year. Imagine my kids' disappointment when the parade consisted of 4 or 5 classic cars, jeeps, the radio stations and a CLE advertisement float. There wasn't even a cruiser starting it off.

Hopefully next year we see the type of parade we had in the past.
7/1/2012 11:57:33 PM
Geraldtonian says:
Be thankful that Thunder Bay actually had events, parade and fireworks. Many communities in the surrounding area had nothing at all. I say Kudos Thunder Bay for a job well done. I thank you along with my family.
7/2/2012 12:34:04 AM
Sui Generis says:
Oh yes, the age old "it could be worse" argument, that is supposed to prevent anyone from expressing a negative viewpoint about absolutely anything. Ever.

Sorry, it doesn't work that way. I have the right to voice, publicly, that the parade, with it's long awaited return, was a huge disappointment. You don't have to like it, or even agree with me, and that's your right.
7/2/2012 12:38:04 PM
Geraldtonian says:
Seeing as how YOU are so disappointed why don't YOU change it. Volunteer YOUR time to make it better for YOU and your children.
7/2/2012 2:42:23 PM
wayne says:
wouldn't call it a 'parade'. on thursdays at arthur street mall you can see a parade of more than 4 or 5 classic cars heading down arthur street. there was a CLE ad float? what did that look like? at least you and the kids got to enjoy a day at the marina and maybe the splash pad?
7/2/2012 12:30:12 AM
Sui Generis says:
The last float was the CLE one. It was the only actual "float", really. The rest were just cars.

The splash pad looked neat, but my kids are a bit old for it. Honestly, there was a bit of an age gap that my kids fall into. They're too old for the splash pad and the inflatables, and too young for the kayak or canoe lessons, so other than the food, there wasn't a lot to interest them.
7/2/2012 12:36:24 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
Congrats on a well done fireworks show by the city and sponsors. That had to be the most impressive show Ive seen in TBay yet ! Also the first time I recall hearing wide-spread "oohs" and "ahhs" quite a few times. Well done.
7/2/2012 12:46:34 AM
wayne says:
A friend who attended the marina park festivities with his family called me a short while ago. He said the weather was perfect, the moon looked great rising over the sleeping giant, the fireworks were good, and the atmosphere felt like a 'big city'. On the downside, he said the 'parade' sucked, and he was disgusted by the amount of littering. However, he said there was a lack of trash bins. He felt further disgusted by the fact that people were smoking and tossing their butts onto some 'zen' circle near the tai chi area and pet owners allowing their dogs to go for dumps and leaks (I don't blame the dogs, they do that when outside). Dodging kids on bikes was a treat, NOT! Oh, and many adults were complaining about the absence of a beer gardens...LOL!
7/2/2012 1:07:55 AM
wayne says:
Oh, and a lack or total absence of recycle bins. He also questioned why the bent poles had the morse code lights flashing inland, and not also towards the lake for boaters to enjoy. I replied, "That would have cost an additional $200K"...lol
7/2/2012 1:26:46 AM
cga says:
It's Thunder Bay, not London, England.
7/2/2012 10:16:03 AM
imhere says:
The Old Fort was lots of fun, kids and adults enjoyed it. The Marina was alright for the most part. We got there after the parade but the biggest disappointment was the fireworks, even the kids were disappointed. Yeah there were a few oohs and aahs but even the finally was lacking this year. I can't wait to go to the States Wednesday to see a great show.
7/2/2012 1:54:44 PM
tsb says:
Everything was terrible, we should never do this again. Let's just all sit inside and complain on the internet.
7/2/2012 4:41:46 PM
Sui Generis says:
Or, people could mention what they think needed improvement, in hopes that some of it will be taken seriously and improved upon next time around.

Although, I suppose it would ruin your fun if you didn't complain about people complaining. (pot meet kettle much?)
7/2/2012 6:36:41 PM
Reignmaker says:
I especially liked the fifty fights that started around the skate park through out the evening. The Marina's message about what it wants is confusing at times.
7/2/2012 8:24:35 PM
laurie says:
Your never too old for splashing in the water, getting wet and having fun!
7/2/2012 9:59:55 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
The only important thing is that someone enjoyed the day.
For some, it doesn't matter as they will find something to complain about as that is their entertainment. Sad existence they live.
7/3/2012 10:48:49 AM
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