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Faces in the Crowd – This is Us, Who We Are

On Canada Day, after snapping the expected Mark-with-a-flag, Mark-with-a-moose-hat and Mark-being-cute shots, I started to focus on the crowd—Canadians, newcomers and tourists who, like us, felt like celebrating the country they had been living in for days, months, years or generations. I paid attention to the sea of red and white, these little “Canadian pride” accessory and products so many people wear during national events—temporary tattoos, hats, t-shirt, sunglasses or necklaces. Our national flag looks nice and the Maple Leaf is probably one of the most famous and recognizable in the world.

That day of July 1st, 2016, people were happy and relaxed. Canada Day is a fun affair here. Everybody is welcome to a day of family-friendly festivities. There is nothing controversial about being proud to be Canadian. Our country is being celebrated and we celebrate the people who live here, no matter where they are from and what brought them to the New World in the first place—a boat, a plane… or maybe they are First Nations, who lived here for thousands of years before explorers arrived from Europe. It doesn’t matter, anyway. For a day at least, we united, cheering for the guest of honour—Canada.

Back home, going through the pictures, I realize how diverse the crowd was. I love it. This is Canada. In the viewfinder, when snapping the shots, I saw Canadians, regardless of the ethnic origin. Taken one by one, these pictures are little pieces of a vast mosaic of a country, people from all walks of life who call Canada home.

You can see the complete set on Flickr.

Faces in the crowd, celebrating Canada Day 2016
People waiting for the festivities to begin
Faces in the crowd, celebrating Canada Day 2016
Tee-shirt in the crowd
Faces in the crowd, celebrating Canada Day 2016
Making giant bubbles
Kids sharing poutine
Kids sharing poutine
Dog with the moose hat with antlers
Dog with the moose hat with antlers
The popular (free) moose hat
The popular (free) moose hat
Kid at Major's Hill Park
Kid at Major’s Hill Park
Kid at Major's Hill Park
Kid at Major’s Hill Park
Couple snaking at Major's Hill Park
Couple snaking at Major’s Hill Park
Stack of beavertails and small gathering in front of the American Embassy
Stack of beavertails and small gathering in front of the American Embassy
A beer in "Ottawa's oldest bar" in the Byward Market
A beer in “Ottawa’s oldest bar” in the Byward Market
Maple products at the Byward Market
Maple products at the Byward Market
Crowd by the Parliament
Crowd by the Parliament
Tired woman by the Parliament
Tired woman by the Parliament
Listening to Trudeau's speech
Listening to Trudeau’s speech
Woman resting by the Parliament
Woman resting by the Parliament
Quick selfie
Quick selfie
Little mountie bear in the crowd
Little mountie bear in the crowd
Kid in front of the Parliament
Kid in front of the Parliament
Kids during the speech of the Governor General
Kids during the speech of the Governor General
Enjoying some poutine
Enjoying some poutine
Couple sharing lunch
Couple sharing lunch
Grabbing fries at one of the food trucks
Grabbing fries at one of the food trucks
Teen tying up a Canadian flag
Teen tying up a Canadian flag
Crowd watching a busker
Crowd watching a busker
Crowd watching a busker
Crowd watching a busker
Crowd watching a busker
Crowd watching a busker

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