With Canada Day weekend in full swing, one Canadian town decided to show their pride for their nation by breaking one of the most Canadian Guinness World Records ever recorded. Dressed in red, nearly 4,000 people gathered to a local field to show their Canadian pride. Members of the community of Quinte West near Belleville just set a new Guinness World record by forming the largest human maple leaf ever recorded.
As part of their Canada Day long weekend celebrations, 3,942 people dressed in red t-shirts gathered at Centennial Park to take shape in an iconic red maple leaf. With an official from the Guinness World Record organization standing by to verify the new record, the community of Quinte West was able to take the title of the largest human maple leaf every recorded.
According to the events Facebook page, the record was in support of Operation: Stand Proud who partnered with Leon's Tenton to make the record possible. Nearly 4,000 people gathered together for Operation: Stand Up to show appreciation for the men, women, and families who have dedicated their lives to help serve the nation.
During the record-breaking event, money was also being raised for the Candian Armed Forces charity, Solider On. This charity has helped with the recovery and rehabilitation to former and serving military members throughout Canada.
However, the community turned the event into much more than just a record-breaking human maple leaf. Musical performances hit the main stage throughout the day and food vendors were spread throughout the park. Face painting and electric hoopster activities were also set up throughout the park.
According to City News, the goal that the community was aiming to get was 5,000 participants, and even though they fell over 1,000 people short of their goal, they were still able to beat out the previous record.
Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver has held the title since July 1, 2017, when the created a human maple leaf with 1, 589 people.
Mike Eden, organizer of the world record spoke about their goal in a press release, saying "we saw this a patriotic opportunity to set the Guinness World Record for the largest maple leaf on the Canada Day long weekend as a visual representation of our deep respect and sincere gratitude for those who selflessly serve, as well as their supportive families."
Eden also stated that "we are extremely proud of our deep military roots here in Quinte West."