Spectacular lineup for the 2019 Winter Carnival parades

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Photo: Image courtesy of Carnaval de Québec

This year’s Quebec Winter Carnival effigy features Bonhomme on a background representing the familiar ceinture fléchée.

Quebec City’s 2019 Winter Carnival parades will be quite different this year. First of all, they will take place only in Quebec City’s Upper Town. The first will be on Saturday, Feb. 9 and the second, on Saturday, Feb. 16, both beginning at 7 p.m.

Secondly, the parades will be much shorter, just over one kilometre, proceeding along Grande Allée from the corner of Avenue des Érables to Bonhomme Carnaval’s Royal Court at Place George-V. Get to the parade route early (an RTC bus is recommended, as parking in the area will be “difficult” to say the least), and be sure to dress warmly.

Five unique scenes on floats (moving platforms) featuring various artistic disciplines will travel along Grande Allée, interspersed with awe-inspiring roving performances – circus arts, media arts, a rock show, pyrotechnics and a frozen tribal landscape. Spectators can expect a totally new, surprising and spectacular experience!

The floats will stop periodically at six selected stations along the route for simultaneous five-minute shows. It is better for people to be at the stations where they will have a good view of the different performances. When a float sets off for the next station, roving performances starring famous northern animals take over, linking each scene to the next. The parade ends with a great gathering at Bonhomme’s Royal Court to celebrate winter!

There will be pre-parade entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec and at 6:30 p.m. on one side of the street at some of the stations along the parade route, there will be hot chocolate and other treats for Carnival effigy holders, while supplies last. The parade is expected to last about 45 minutes.

Immediately after the parade, at 9 p.m., Carnival-goers can continue the party at the Camp à Jos where, in addition to activities already taking place, they can enjoy a concert by The Lost Fingers (on Feb. 9) and Les Deuxluxes (on Feb. 16). Activities will continue until 11 p.m.

For parade details, visit carnaval.qc.ca/en and follow the programming link. You’ll need to purchase a Carnival effigy to get into the Royal Court and the Camp à Jos. You’ll also have to show your effigy for some 20 of the 60 Hydro-Québec Partner Events taking place all over town. Free for children under eight.