I have never seen Churchill Square as packed full of people as it was tonight for the Olympic Torch Relay celebration! Olympian Doreen Ryan ran the final leg of the relay, and lit the “celebration cauldron” shortly after 7pm. You could just feel the energy moving through the crowd, despite the relative cold!
Getting setup in Churchill Square
City Hall was nicely colored for the festivities
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performed the Olympic music by John Williams
The Square starting to fill up
Lots of entertainment
The most energetic of the performances
Clear path for Doreen Ryan
Churchill Square full of people
The Olympic Torch appears!
The final leg of the Edmonton relay
Celebration Cauldron and dignitaries
The Journal has a nice recap of the event here. You can see the rest of my photos here. For more excellent photos from the event, check out Bruce Clarke’s blog. This was potentially the most photographed moment in Edmonton’s history though, so I’m sure there are thousands more photos that will appear soon!
Go Canada Go!