Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau perform during the evening ceremonies of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Canada's long-anticipated 150th birthday celebrations Saturday were marked by heavy rains and some protests, though the downpour failed to dampen spirits of revelers who thronged in large numbers to enjoy musical performances and parades.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off celebrations amid heavy security and some 25,000 people assembled at a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament in Ottawa, where Irish singer Bono and other members of rock band U2 enthralled the audience.The long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which included other features such as acrobats, and special citizenship ceremonies across large cities, concluded with fireworks.Trudeau, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada's capital Ottawa.Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the day Canada officially became a country.The bash in Ottawa culminated with a musical fireworks show that is billed as largest-ever such display for Canada Day.
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