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Canada Day 2012

London Celebrates Canada hosted their third Canada Day event at Harris Park with more than 38,000 attending. Festivities opened with a First Nations gathering followed with formal ceremony and Canada Flag cake. Entertainment included Peter Mennie with magic for the children, Mattox Circus Company, Dance Extreme, Light of East Ensemble, the Scotty James Band, After the Lounge, then London favourite Shelly Rastin. Shelly brought the park to their feet when singing the National Anthem which signalled launch of a spectacular fireworks display. Miss Canada Jaclyn Miles and Director Tamara Chapman fulfilled Masters of Ceremony duties. The festival had exhibits and activities for all ages. London Children's Museum, special visit from Juno the Bear and giant inflatable rides were all for the kid's delight. Artisans, vendors, community exhibits and tribute to Canadian Heroes were all well received. Thank you to our many guests, sponsors and funding partners, volunteers, suppliers, entertainers, vendors, exhibitors and all other participants for making Canada's 145th birthday memorable. Randy Warden, Executive Director, London Celebrates Canada

Photos by Al Desrochers, Valter Daghetti, Bill Meighen, & Randy Warden

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