December 5, 2013 12:14 pm
Updated: December 5, 2013 12:16 pm

N.S. delegation in Boston for Christmas tree lighting event

Rebecca Lau/Global News

HALIFAX – A delegation from Nova Scotia is in Boston for a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Provincial cabinet minister Andrew Younger will be on hand when the 15-metre spruce — a gift to the city of Boston — is lit up with decorative lights at 8 p.m. at the Boston Common.

The provincial government says the delegation will be on the streets of Boston at noon to greet, entertain and thank Bostonians for providing medical help and supplies after the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

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About 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more were left injured and homeless by the explosion, caused by the collision of two ships in Halifax harbour.

The Christmas tree tradition began in 1971.

Later Thursday, the delegation in Boston will be handing out Nova Scotia tuques and offering a chance to win a trip to Nova Scotia on the new ferry between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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