The Canada Day celebrations at Pinafore Park were a huge success this year. The weather was phenomenal, the bands were great, the people were cheerful and the fireworks were impressive as always!

“Canada’s 152nd birthday. Can you believe it looks this good? I hope I look this good at 152 too! St. Thomas is having a great time in the park today. Beautiful weather, beautiful music, great friendships, and great food!” – Joe Preston, Mayor of St. Thomas

Pinafore Canada Day Celebrations with City Council
Pinafore Canada Day Celebrations with City Council and the Mayor – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

The mayor, Joe Preston, and city councillors came out to hand out free cookies. Stephanie Brown performed O’Canada. There were free rides for the kids throughout the day. Some of the food vendors even had to make emergency runs to pick up more food to keep the crowds fed. Deni Gauthier brought a whole platoon of supporters out to the park to hear his band perform – you could identify the super fans by the iconic “The Eh Team” T-Shirts.

“The weather was perfect. Lots of people out at the park wearing red and white Canada Day clothing. We have free cookies here tonight, free inflatables, lots of things for the kids to do, vendors, food, I don’t think you could ask for more. Then we’re going to top it off with fireworks. Awesome day.” – Joan Rymal, City Councillor

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Canada Day, Deni Gautier and his Eh Team– Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

The The Smokin’ Bass Band went up after Deni Gauthier and “rocked the park” – as they say,. The pony rides were definitely a highlight for the kids, as well as the cotton candy booth and the Shaw’s ice cream truck.

“It was excellent. Great to see the crowds in the park. You could barely get an inch of space from so many people here. Beautiful weather. The staff and the city did an excellent job. Perfect to see all the people come out and take advantage of the free activities that we had here to support Canada Day.” – Jeff Kohler, City Councillor

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Cherry Grove Stables at Pinafore Park – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

“It went smoothly. The kids lined up, four ponies were moving, and we had a great time! hopefully we’ll be back again next year!” -Suzanna Smith, Cherry Grove Stables Owner

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Canada Day Free Pony Rides – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
Canada Day Cotton Candy
Dandy Cotton Candy – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
Canada Day Shaw's Ice Cream
Canada Day Shaw’s Ice Cream Truck – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

The splash pad at Pinafore was also packed. It was probably the hottest attraction for kids during the day. As evening drew near the St. Thomas Firefighters brought in one of their engines and children got a chance to jump up and into it. Once night settled down the fireworks flew into the sky and lit up the night. Events like these make you proud to be a part of such a tight-nit and supportive community.

Stephanie Brown and Joe Preston
Stephanie Brown and Joe Preston – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

“It’s an honour to perform the national anthem because I love St. Thomas and I love our country” – Stephanie Brown

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Free Rides and Games on Canada Day – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
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Dusk Settling Over the Park– Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
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Canada Day Fire Truck Fun– Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
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Pinafore Park Canada Day – Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.
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Canada Day Fire Truck Fun– Photo by Grayden Laing, Laing Studios/Establish Media.

 

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