Hatley’s Canada Day
The 103rd Canada Day Celebration in Hatley drew a huge crowd again this year, despite the grey clouds that were hovering over the region.
By parade time, thousands of people were lining the streets, waiting for one of the Townships best parades with its magnificent horses, fantastic floats, pipers, local war Veterans, fire trucks, Shriner’s crazy cars and more. Some of this year’s new attractions in the parade were a juggling unicyclist, a miniature Sureté du Quebec car, and a beautiful pair of oxen which took people on leisurely rides around the Commons in the afternoon.
As is the tradition, members of the Whitcomb family, including Stanley Whitcomb who is now in his nineties and has been taking part in the parade since the 1940’s, were at the lead.
Always a logistical challenge to organize on Hatley’s small streets, the parade got off to a late start by about twenty minutes. Roger Coté, whose horse drawn wagon carries the official flags for the Opening Ceremony, got a flat tire on the way to Hatley but arrived just in time to join the parade. Lennoxville