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Annapolis Royal packed for Canada 150 celebrations

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - Heavy rains early on July 1 didn’t dampen spirits for Canada Day activities in Annapolis Royal.  

The Canada 150 celebrations drew large crowds all day long with the official opening just before noon at town hall which included representation from Annapolis Royal’s twin city of Royan, France.

There was a flag exchange between the two cities and along with O Canada, many in the crowd also sang the French national anthem.

After the proclamation by Town Crier Peter Davies that it was Canada Day, the large crowd that had swelled out into the street paraded behind Davies to Fort Anne where lots of activities were planned, including a cake cutting, music by the Annapolis Basin Community Band, and games.

There was a play by the Young Company at the new amphitheatre, plus musical entertainment there in the afternoon.

That was followed by free lobster rolls at the wharf at 4:30 p.m. There was a lineup of people on the sidewalk well past King’s Theatre, but once Mayor Bill MacDonald started handing out the free food, the line moved quickly and all who had waited were served – almost 500 people.

Many brought their own salads and other food and drinks as they dined at two long rows of tables set up on the wharf and decorated in red and white. Canadian flags were conspicuous along the wharf and a guitar and fiddle duo entertained off to the side twards the boat haul-up.

Early that morning two bagpipers piped from a hill in front of Fort Anne near the Garrison Graveyard where later a monument to one of Annapolis Royal’s favourite daughters, Rose Fortune, was unveiled.

And events in the downtown weren’t all of the Canada Day activities. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, where admission was by donation July 1, was also decorated in patriotic Red and white and held some fun activities for kids.

The Gardens also boasts a Canada 150 garden.

The Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market went from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as usual with crowds picking up after the rain stopped.

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