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Winnipeggers flock to Living Flag event

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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.

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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

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.

"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.

Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes his way onto the stage at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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Updated on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM CDT: added photos

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