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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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.
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.