As announced by the mayor of Deux-Montagnes and the organizing committee on June 13th, 2022, the festivities for the 1st of July took place with multiple activities and a large audience who celebrated not only the 51st festivities of Canada day in the beautiful town but also got to get together and socialize after years of restrictions.
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At noon, the opening ceremony took place, with the singing of the national anthem, “O Canada” by Karine Laprise in the presence of dignitaries and this year’s Honorary President, Mr. Albert Allen whose achievements and contributions were covered extensively by the North Shore news in our previous issue. Mayor Denis Martin, and the President of the Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Tom Whitton spoke about the importance of the day in the well-attended outdoor celebration at Central Park.
During the afternoon hours the children were the VIPS of the organization as the day started with many family activities: face-painting, a horseshoe tournament and bingo. The large inflatables with themes from Disney movies, as always, were a big hit with the kids as was a circus workshop offered by les Forains Abyssaux. At the same time a small train ferried excited families around the festivities area and balloon makers excited many with their amazing animal making skills.
For the lovers of a time travel to the wheels of the 50s and beyond, the group “Véhicules Antiques des Patriotes de Saint-Eustache” provided access to many of their vintage vehicles for fans of these fabulous machines maintained by such love and attention to detail by their owners.
Hot dogs, fries, popcorn, cotton candy and beaver tails were the culinary offerings prepared by multitudes of volunteers energizing young and old and preparing them for the musical events.
Officers from the local police department (Régie de police du Lac des Deux-Montagnes) also made an appearance speaking to the local youth.
The live music featuring artists from the region was presented from 3pm to midnight. The headlining band was “Journey to the Grand Illusion”, which offered a special tribute to Journey and Styx. The evening closed with a grand finale of a spectacular fireworks display, presented by the City of Deux-Montagnes, which filled the sky above the park to the wonder and awe of all who gathered for this special day.