It’s once again that day of the year to show off your red and white!
Joining the jolly crowd, staff and volunteers from Orient Star Media (OSM) gathered today at the 71st Steveston Salmon Festival Parade to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday.
This year’s parade marched off at 10 a.m. from Garry Point Park and winded through the streets of Steveston, passed the Community Centre and ended at Railway Avenue. With more than 100 entries and over 3,000 participants gathered, the parade attracted visitors from around the lower mainland and across the Pacific Northwest.
During the two-hour parade, excited crowd cheered for various entries: from military colour guards, marching bands, decorated floats and vintage vehicles to sports teams, celebrities and community groups. Among them the float from OSM had successfully attracted public’s attention, especially among kids.
Dressed in adorable panda and beaver costumes, six OSM volunteers became one of the kids’ favourites during the parade. Countless little children came up to the panda bears and beavers asking for hugs and high fives. Everyone else from the OSM team waved Canadian flags and greeted the public with bright smiles along the walk.
First time participating in the parade, company COO Jacky Wu said OSM highly values this opportunity to immerse in the community andinteract with locals.
“We’re very excited and proud to be part of the parade,” Wu said. “It’s nice to see from the perspective of a parade participant that people are truly enjoying themselves and are having such a good time.”
Yuan You, vice president at OSM and director of the 2016 Golden Panda International Short Film Festival Committee, also marched today’s parade.
“It’s so nice to see that the pandas and beavers had such a blast among the public,” she said. “Our annual Golden Panda International Short Film Festival is coming back again at the end of this month. I’m looking forward to seeing more excellent submissions from around the world.”
With a team of highly driven professionals coming from diversified cultures and backgrounds, OMS has covered various events in the city from previous years in the hope of fostering exchange between different cultures. From TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival,Richmond Sockeye Run to Vancouver Fashion Week and more, OMS strives to serve as a messenger between communities and carry out the best part of the society to a broader audience.
The history of Canada’s national day began from the enactment of the British North America Act on July 1st, 1867 when the colonies of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia united to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominion of Canada. July 1st has since then become Canada’s birthday and was given the name “Canada Day” in 1982 when Canada Act was passed.
Apart from parades, numerous cultural displays and fireworks will also be held throughout the day across the country to celebrate Canada’s birthday.