The sun was shining bright as children and adults donned red and white and danced to live music at Town Centre Park on Canada Day.
As Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart took to the stage he reminded those in attendance to learn about the colonial history of Canada and Indigenous history.
“Canada Day today holds a different meaning to different communities. It’s a day to acknowledge, learn about pre-colonial and Indigenous history. Councillors have taken courses to understand better the history of the country,” Stewart said.
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For most in attendance, it was an opportunity to socialize and have a picnic with their family and friends.
The event included face painting to a spray park area for kids. For adults there were artisans, live music, and a wide variety of food stalls including Ukrainian cuisine.
Other than music, an exhilarating performance by the Coquitlam fitness centre team got everyone dancing along to pop music hits.
As the sun got softer, the music got loud courtesy of the performance by RainCity followed by Trilojay who set the mood for the evening as everyone impatiently waited for the fireworks.