Canada celebrates 150th birthday with a party, Bono and heavy security

By Leah Schnurr



OTTAWA (Reuters) – Thousands of revelers, British royals and even Bono will converge on Canada’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday with a massive party that will be held under a heavy security presence.



About 500,000 people are expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which will feature a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians, including members of Irish rock band U2.



Some cities are celebrating in more unusual ways. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, will have a giant rubber duck floating in its harbor, while Calgary will have a “living flag” composed of people wearing red and white.



Security was already ramped up in the days ahead of the July 1 celebration and party-goers will have to contend with road closures and concrete barriers across entrances into Parliament Hill, located in downtown Ottawa.



National and local police will also be out in force, with security top of mind for many Canadians in the wake of fatal attacks in London, Paris and Germany.



Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the day Canada officially became a country. Britain had ruled it before 1867.





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