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Canada Day 2014: Living flag

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It's become one of the staples of Canada Day in Winnipeg since it started three years ago, and despite rain and wind the Living Flag event at the Forks is in full swing. The event, put on by the Downtown Winnipeg Biz, puts together people wearing red and white in an attempt to form Canada's biggest "living" Canadian flag.

  • Nestled in the greenery of the Forks and with the city skyline as a backdrop,  a human flag is formed despite the weather at the Forks Tuesday.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    Nestled in the greenery of the Forks and with the city skyline as a backdrop, a human flag is formed despite the weather at the Forks Tuesday.

  • Framed in umbrellas, Elisabeth Kehler waits to participate.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    Framed in umbrellas, Elisabeth Kehler waits to participate.

  • Ward Bruner and Jennifer Wilson hang onto their umbrella and smart phone trying to take a selfie in the blowing rain before taking part in the flag event.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    Ward Bruner and Jennifer Wilson hang onto their umbrella and smart phone trying to take a selfie in the blowing rain before taking part in the flag event.

  • The Salarzons moved to Canada from the Philippines on June 10, and wanted to show their children how Canada celebrates itself.

    Oliver Sachgau / Winnipeg Free Press

    The Salarzons moved to Canada from the Philippines on June 10, and wanted to show their children how Canada celebrates itself.

  • A young participant waits under an umbrella to participate in the living flag.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    A young participant waits under an umbrella to participate in the living flag.

  • Participants wait under umbrellas for the flag formation to begin.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    Participants wait under umbrellas for the flag formation to begin.

  • First up front and center, Olive Yaremko takes her place at the base of the maple leaf (outlined in green carpet) of the human flag.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    First up front and center, Olive Yaremko takes her place at the base of the maple leaf (outlined in green carpet) of the human flag.

  • Participants wave flags as they participate in the formation  of a human flag.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    Participants wave flags as they participate in the formation of a human flag.

  • Winnipeggers participate in the 2014 living flag at the Forks.

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    Winnipeggers participate in the 2014 living flag at the Forks.

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