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Hampstead celebrates its 100th anniversary

ABOVE WATCH: Hampstead’s 100th anniversary parade

MONTREAL — The Town of Hampstead pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 100th anniversary on Sunday.

Despite the wet weather, hundreds joined the festivities, including our Global Montreal team, Camille, Richard and Jessica, Jamie Orchard and Elysia Bryan-Baynes.

A parade kickstarted the celebrations. Starting at Queen Mary Road and Northcote at noon, it headed east on Fleet and ended in Hampstead Park with a full afternoon of music and fireworks in the evening. 

The parade showcased over 60 groups and more than 850 participants, including 15 ethnic dance groups, antique and exotic cars, salsa groups, bands, circus performers, celebrities and dignitaries, free giveaways and an amazing birthday cake float created by local public works employee Olivier Roy.

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GALLERY: Hampstead celebrates 100 years 

The Town of Hampstead is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a float made by a local municipal worker.
The Town of Hampstead is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a float made by a local municipal worker. HO/Town of Hampstead
Montreal Auxiliary Fire Department at the Hampstead parade.
Montreal Auxiliary Fire Department at the Hampstead parade. Global News
The Damned Truth join the festivities in Hampstead.
The Damned Truth join the festivities in Hampstead. Global News
Kids celebrating Hampstead's 100th birthday.
Kids celebrating Hampstead's 100th birthday. Global News
Montreal police on duty at the celebrations in Hampstead .
Montreal police on duty at the celebrations in Hampstead . Global News
The reviewing stand at Hampstead's 100th anniversary .
The reviewing stand at Hampstead's 100th anniversary . Global News
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Despite the rain, hundreds came out to celebrate Hampstead's 100th anniversary.
Despite the rain, hundreds came out to celebrate Hampstead's 100th anniversary. Global News
The festivities kicked off with a parade to celebrate Hampstead's 100th anniversary.
The festivities kicked off with a parade to celebrate Hampstead's 100th anniversary. Global News

The concert in the park featured Ginette Reno (singing the national anthem), special guest Guy Lafleur and several well-known acts, including local rock’n’roll band The Damn Truth, two-time Grammy nominated American R&B, pop, soul, and house singer Martha Wash, American house music singer and songwriter Crystal Waters and the Montreal Backbeat Show Band.

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Ginette Reno arrived in spectacular fashion, via helicopter accompanied by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre and former hockey player and NHL superstar, Guy Lafleur.

WATCH: Denis Coderre, Guy Lafleur and Ginette Reno fly into the festivities on a helicopter 

The Royal Montreal Regiment also attended in full regalia with close to 100 soldiers to exercise Hampstead’s Freedom of the City bestowed in 2008.