Regal Heights 2020 Canada Day Parade — We stand apart for thee
It was a parade like no other.
The 2020 edition of the Regal Heights Canada Day Parade was the first in the long history of the event to be held with marchers and fans coming together while staying at least two metres apart.
Regal Road School teacher Patrick Murtaugh — better known as the Regal Road Runner — led the event, dressed in his signature feathered costume, modified this time with a splash of red for the occasion. Patrick has earned recognition by riding his bike in costume through the neighbourhood, encouraging kids to get more physical activity.
Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz took time from her jam-packed schedule to march near the front of the parade and to address revellers at the end of the route.
Flag-bearers Harry Lay and Roya Raoufi, Regal Heights Residents’ Association Chair John Keating and official photographer Peter Norman rounded out the main core of the parade. Other adults and kids joined in along the way, all of them keeping a good two metres apart.
Neighbours came out to line the parade route and many received free Candian flags, courtesy of the RHRA.
The parade ended in front of Regal Road School, where a large, socially distanced crowd sang O Canada.
It was a perfect day to enjoy a little badly needed socializing and celebrate this country’s 153 birthday.
Happy Canada Day everyone!