Lighting up Liverpool

Video and photos by BRITTANY WENTZELL

  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>The Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy&#8217;s choir kicked off the tree lighting celebrations during Christmas on the Mersey on December 1.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Owen Hamlin leads hundreds of community members in a parade of light across the bridge. Every year since the beginning of the festival, community members are encouraged to walk with candles from the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre to Lane&#8217;s Privateer Inn.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Paddlers arrive for more celebrations, including a Mi&#8217;kmaq drumming circle and round dance.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>The Mi&#8217;kmaq community, as well as the wider community, join in a round dance.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Members of the public watch as a fireworks display takes place off the end of the wharf, over the Mersey River.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>A family watches the fireworks from the parking lot.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>The evening ends with a fireworks display over the Mersey.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>First Nations members gather around a ceremonial fire and sing the Honour Song.</p>

Christmas on the Mersey's opening night went off without a hitch, including the lighting of new trees in front of Liverpool's Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre.

Hundreds gathered to watch the temporarily placed trees be lit while Mayor David Dagley presented opening remarks. Spectators then held electric candles and walked from Main Street to Lane's Privateer Inn for celebrations with the Mi'kmaq community, and free hot chocolate and cookies from Lane's.

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