A group of Christians carried a cross and some signs over the bridge. They also had a booth setup at the event. The group actively tried to gain converts throughout the time, going up to people who probably weren't their to be told the "truth". Of course, it is their right to do so. Most just ignored them. To be fair, they weren't the only religious group. A Blackfoot Elder and spiritual leader was part of the formal ceromony, blessing the bridge.
A few groups performed on a stage as part of the opening ceremonies.
A few groups played on stage, as part of the ceremonies. This lady was one of several dancing for the first act.
A few groups played on stage, as part of the ceremonies. This couple was with some others who were dancing to the first band, which was well received.
This on Prince's Island, at the point nearest the bridge.
A Blackfoot Elder, spiritual leader, and veteran spoke to the crowd. He blessed the new bridge. I have mixed feelings about injecting religion in an official ceremony. If a Catholic priest blessed the bridge, after speaking about his faith, I and others would probably object to mixing religion into an official government function this way. Regardless, it was appropriate to invite him to be part of the official opening as a representative of his people and as a veteran.
Nenshi sorta looked nervous to me in this. Although, I have no serious reason to think he really was. I just like the phrase.