Hardy Winnipeggers form Canadian 'living flag' despite rain
Never-ending rain didn't stop 2,500 people from being part of a huge Canadian flag in Winnipeg this morning, but it remains to be seen if the city can still boast having the country's largest "living" flag.
People stood shoulder to shoulder, wearing red and white shirts, at The Forks on Tuesday for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ's fourth annual living flag.
In a news release, the Downtown BIZ says participants "demonstrated immeasurable civic pride and community resilience despite today’s wicked weather."
This year's attendance is lower than in 2013 and 2012, which attracted about 3,500 and 3,000 people, respectively.
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"While this year does not set a new record for Winnipeg, the tally still beats many records posted in competing cities’ past living flags," the Downtown BIZ said in the release.
Executive director Stefano Grande said assembling a living flag is a massive undertaking.
"We actually have engineers that are out there right now that are marking out the size of the flag, where the reds are going to go, where the whites are going to go," he explained on Tuesday morning.
"Then we corral people into corners of whites, corners of red, different volumes and then we flow them into those spaces."
Officials say they still hope Winnipeg can hold on to the title of Canada's "largest living flag" and beat competing flags in Victoria, B.C., Brandon, Man., Calgary and Ottawa.
Grande had said he hoped to see 3,000 to 5,000 people in order to ensure Winnipeg wins the title again this year.
Winnipeg's living flag from 2012 was featured on a Canada Post stamp. More than 10 million of the stamps were produced and circulated worldwide, according to the Downtown BIZ.