BIBLE HILL – “They’re coming, they’re coming!” a little boy shouted as a pair of police cars led the procession across Vimy Road on Saturday morning.
As the first Mounties crested the hill and came into sight, the crowd began clapping and cheering for the officers.
The Bible Hill Canada Day parade, an annual hit, was in full swing again as hundreds of people lined the sides of the roads decked out in red and white garb. Children flocked from grassy fields to the curb at the first sound of sirens to catch a glimpse of their heroes in red.
“Thank you, thank you. Happy Canada Day!” Cpl. Addie Maccallum said as he greeted and shook hands with spectators.
The parade featured the local Bible Hill RCMP detachment, as well as firemen, ambulances, private businesses and more. Beeper the clown swept by on a motor scooter, handing out high-fives, while a girl canvassed the sides of the road handing out Canadian flags.
National pride was easy to spot amongst the crowd, with most people sporting a symbol of Canadian identity in some fashion. One man wore a Sidney Crosby Olympic jersey while another donned a Canadian flag. Derek Yorke proudly sipped his large Tim Hortons coffee while he sat with his family and watched the parade.
“It’s the best country in the world,” Yorke said. “There’s no question about it, I’m proud to be a Canadian.”
The children were feeling the patriotism as well. Brooklyn Ferris and her friends sat by the curb with their colours on proud display, waving flags and sporting red and white face paint.
“I really like the flag,” Brooklyn said. “I really like living in Canada because it’s a big country and there’s so many nice people to meet.”
All across Colchester County, towns and villages caught the holiday spirit.
Hundreds flocked to the Bible Hill Recreation Park following the parade for a number of activities aimed at families. There were six inflatables, including a boxing ring with oversized gloves, pony rides, live entertainment, a trackless train and lots of food.
In Masstown, a small group of locals gathered in the community park for an afternoon of music, games and a barbeque.
“It’s great to have the community around,” said Lynda Stevenson, chairperson of the Masstown Community Council. “It’s a great cross-section of the community. You have people here who have lived here sixth months, and people who have lived here for 60 years.”
Children competed in sack races while some others got their faces painted. A group of 12-year-old boys hung around the fire trucks, and even got to try on a fire suit.
“Can someone please get me a drink?” said Johnathon DeBay as sweat poured off his head, and the oversized jacket slinked to his knees. “I don’t want to be a fireman – not after trying this on.”
In a small community, an event like Canada Day brings everyone together.
“It’s all about the community,” said resident Matthew Meredith. “I love this country, and I love this community, and this just brings it all together.”
The celebrations also continued in front of the Truro Police Service where officers, along with MADD, hosted activities including bouncy houses.
People also took to Victoria Park for an afternoon hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26. Live entertainment and activities caught the attention of many, as did the playground and splash pad.