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Winnipeggers flock to Living Flag event

About 3,500 people gathered, wearing red and white, at the Manitoba legislature today to once again form a "living flag."

The participants were part of the third annual Living Flag event, which sees residents of different Canadian cities compete to form the flag with the highest number of people. The turnout this year should be enough to crown Winnipeg as the top city for another year, according to a release by Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, which organized the event.

Amber Fitkowski, 6, waves a flag while waiting for the rest of the participants to gather during the Living Flag event taking place on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday.

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Amber Fitkowski, 6, waves a flag while waiting for the rest of the participants to gather during the Living Flag event taking place on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday. Photo Store

Martin Barnes rides a remake of an 1875 Penny Farthing bicycle during the Living Flag event taking place on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday morning.

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Martin Barnes rides a remake of an 1875 Penny Farthing bicycle during the Living Flag event taking place on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday morning. Photo Store

An aerial view at the Living Flag event held last year at the legislature. Canada Post put a picture of it on a stamp.

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An aerial view at the Living Flag event held last year at the legislature. Canada Post put a picture of it on a stamp.

"We were blown away by the enthusiasm and spirit of Winnipeggers who came out today," said Stephano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ.

He said some participants came out as early as 5:50 a.m.

This is the third year Winnipeg has participated in the Living Flag event. Last year, a photo of the Winnipeg flag was chosen to be featured on a Canada Post stamp.

Those who participated in the living flag event can download a photo at www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

A flag was unfurled on the field during the national anthems before the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball action.
Dressed in patriotic costumes, Hugh McPherson (left) and Shawno Ashmore (centre) walk through the crowd in Vancouver, B.C.
Dressed a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Stephane Delage carries a Canadian flag while on stilts as he entertains the crowd in Vancouver.
Chantal Limoges walks on stilts while dressed as a totem pole as she entertains the crowd during Canada Day festivities in Vancouver, B.C.
Master model builder Dan Steininger celebrates with kids after the last brick was laid on his piece during the Canada Day LEGO Flag Build at Parc Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. The flag is made out of 128,000 LEGO bricks.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston inspects the Guard of Honour at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa.
The Snowbirds fly over the Peace Tower at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes his way onto the stage at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield leaves the stage after singing at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa.
Canadian singing star Carly Rae Jepsen takes a photo with fans after she performed at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Five-year-old Logan Vanos pedals his mini-tractor beside his great-uncle Frank Roks in the Canada Day parade in the village of Komoka, Ontario, west of London.
Members of the Shriners entertain the crowd as they participate in the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal.
Three patriotic teens watch a performance by Toronto band The Elwins at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, N.S., Monday.
An alpaca gets some attention at the Canada Day celebrations at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon.
The City of Winnipeg Police Pipe Band march in front of the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park Monday.
Christien Lyons plays bass during a performance with Latin band Combo Latino at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park.
Eliza (Right) and Allan Kingdon from Erickson, MB show off their red and white at the Living Flag event on the grounds of the Manitoba legislature Monday morning.
Norman Chief Memorial Dancers perform for the public during the Living Flag event Monday morning on the grounds of the Manitoba legislature.
Amber Fitkowski, 6, waves a flag while waiting for the rest of the participants to gather during the Living Flag event on the grounds of the Manitoba legislature.
Martin Barnes rides a remake of a 1875 Penny Farthing bicycle during the Living Flag event on teh grounds of the Manitoba legislature.
Participants (including Dancing Gabe, giving the thumbs-up) start to take their positions during the Living Flag event.
Organizers estimated around 3,500 people turned out to help create Winnipeg's Living Flag.
A flag flies high during the Canada Day festivities at The Forks Monday.
Branndy (left), Eric, and Isabella, 4, brought Harley, their 10-year-old Dumeril's boa out to enjoy the Canada Day festivities at The Forks.
Damion Oliver, 2, takes a little break from the Canada Day festivities at The Forks.
Gerry Wert flies his flag high during the Canada Day festivities at The Forks.
Thousands cap off a hot, activity-filled Canada Day with fireworks.
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Updated on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM CDT: added photos

2:44 PM: Added file photo

2:46 PM: Edited cutline

3:27 PM: Edit headline

5:46 PM: adds slideshow

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