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Online PR News – 28-October-2010 – – In the winter wonderland that is the annual Quebec City Winter Carnival, everyone in the city flocks into the streets to celebrate the bitter cold while the rest of the population, if they are not skiing, are wishing it to end.
This is the most celebrated global winter event, and the largest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Altough the french settlers had long got toghether with family and friends at this time of year to cheer themselves up before Lent, the first organized winter carnival here was in 1894. Further carnivals took place intermittently until 1955 when they were made an annual institution, taking place every year from late January to mid-February.
Old Quebec is the only North American urban site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, recognized for its cultural and historical significance.
The symbol of the carnival is Bonhomme, a talking, dancing snowman, who entertains the crowds at many of the events. His shining Ice Place is the backdrop to the firework spectaculars that mark the opening and closing ceremonies of the carnival, as well as laser shows.
Sporting competitions include the Internationa Canoe Race, in which teams have paddle, drag and push their canoes over the St Lawrence River from Quebec City to Levis. In this battle between man and nature, the teams struggle against ice floes, treacherous currents and freezing water. Another must see spectactor-sport is the Provincial Dogsled Racing Championship, in which the dog teams race around the cobbled, icy streets, sliding into snow banks to the roar of the jubilant crowds. There are also several other races on the ice, dog agility competitions on the snow and a soapbox derby.
A variety of activities as available for every age range, from the snow board park, snow “rafting”, a multitude of fabulous parades and horse-drawn sleigh rides and Bonhomme’s Ball. You can visit a traditional Aboriginal igloo village, and stay in one overnight if you wish. If you need to feel cozy and don’t want to rent an igloo you can rent any other accommodation in Quebec for the night (http://www.hotelaccommodationdeals.com/accommodation-canada-quebec-city-g23451_23621.html).
In the International Snow Sculpture Events artisans from around the world create dazzling examples of enormous ice art.
The Quebec Winter Carnival is a bright, delicious treat for the senses in an otherwise cold and dark season.
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