Hatley celebrates Canada’s 147th
Shady spots were at a premium yesterday, in Hatley, as thousands gathered around the Hatley Commons for the Canada Day Parade and festivities. This year’s parade theme was: “Canada – Strong and Free” and the float-makers and parade participants interpreted that theme in some very creative ways! The Hatley United Church Sunday school’s float had a pair of ‘oxen’ pulling a trailer of ‘birds’ to demonstrate its theme: Strong as an ox – Free as a bird! The Hatley 4H Club, celebrating a very special anniversary this year, also had a wagon float that was labeled “100 Years Strong”, carrying what looked like all
of its members.
The horse-wagon carrying this year’s invited guests was fuller than ever with officials from many levels of government and a few local mayors who were attending Hatley’s event for the first time. Joining Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, was Compton/Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau, Orford MNA Pierre Reid, Hatley mayor Denis Ferland, Barnston West mayor Johnny Piszar, North Hatley mayor Michael Page, Waterville mayor Nathalie Dupuis, Compton mayor Bernard Vanasse and Coaticook mayor Bertrand Lamoureux who was invited especially because of his town’s 150th anniversary. He was accompanied by town councillor Sylvianne Ferland who dressed in a period costume as Soeur St.Louis de Gonzague to bring attention to the town’s celebration and rode in an antique car in the parade. Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alex van Zuiden rode his own horse beside the wagonload of VIP’s.
Following the parade, the VIP’s led the crowd gathered at the gazebo in a lively rendition of O Canada, sung in both French and English. Emceeing the event with plenty of enthusiasm and humour was Lennoxville Borough president David Price, accompanied by Hatley resident Evy Miller, who was emceeing the event for the first time.
The newspaper went to press before the event’s big finale: the fireworks at dusk.
The horses of Misty Maples had a full wagon of dignitaries to pull during the Hatley parade on Canada Day. Some of the dignitaries included Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, and Mayor Bertrand Lamoureux of Coaticook which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Ayer’s Cliff Mayor Alec van Zuiden can be seen riding his horse behind the wagon.
This imaginative float was sure to win a prize at Tuesday’s celebration.
The officers in the official escort car were taking their task seriously at Hatley’s Canada Day Parade.