Quebec winter carnival night parade, unique and fun travel idea for all ages (Part 1)

Police bikes open the night parade

Police on a motorbike open the night parade

Quebec city, PQ, Canada
Latitude: 46.7954, Longtitude: -71.2422
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Quebec winter carnival night parade is a celebration of winter in Quebec city, Canada. Quebec city climate is continental with winter temperature staying well below freezing which allows to have lots of winter activities and attractions. This is a perfect weather for ice and snow sculptures and palaces, tobogganing, sleigh rides, dog sledding and much more. For full list of winter activities visit official Quebec winter carnival site.

Quebec winter carnival lasts for about two weeks in early February and end around the Valentines. During that time two night parades are held. The first Quebec winter carnival night parade takes place in a residential area of Charlesbourg. The second night winter parade is closer to downtown it starts at Renee Levesque avenue and then continues to Grande Allee and ends near the Bonhomme’s Ice Palace just outside of old town.

Two singers and their band at Quebec winter night street parade
Two singers and their band at Quebec winter night street parade

 

Quebec winter carnival night parade is opened by several police on motorbikes. They drive around slowly with bright flashing lights. The first float was musical performing popular songs. The marching band requires special mention because it is not easy to perform when it is -20C. Musical instruments have special covers to keep hands warm.

Marching band playing brass instruments in very cold weather
Brass marching band playing in extreme cold.

 

One of the coolest floats at 2015 winter carnival parade was the one with a team performing parkour. The float was designed to resemble rooftops and had special bars installed so that the team could jump, swing and roll from every possible direction. Parkour float wowed the spectators.

Parkour team jumping on the rooftops
Parkour team jumping on the rooftops

Carnival burlesque and magic show float was amazing. Specially installed gear allowed acrobats to swing around in a harness from one side of the street to another. Kids of all ages will enjoy magic show float.

Performer swinging around, burlesque show float
Performer swinging around, burlesque show float

Several clowns accompany Bonhomme Carnaval installation. The clowns interact with the crowd and especially children. Artists are working hard to make sure that everybody has fun and enjoys this winter carnival parade.

Clown dressed in gold shows a trick to kids
Clown dressed in gold shows a trick to kids

 

Quebec winter carnival night parade has people dancing to Latin music, flag carriers and flag throwers, lots of live music and well designed and colorful floats. The parade lasts for almost two hours. Travel tip – if you choose to watch the parade near the starting point it may go a little faster and there maybe more space along the street. Please, remember to dress accordingly as you will spend overall close to 3 hours standing in frigid weather.

Quebec winter carnival night parade, unique and fun travel idea for all ages (Part 2)

Quebec winter carnival night parade, unique and fun travel idea for all ages (Part 3)

Things to do in Quebec City, Canada, 10 travel tips to have fun and enjoy winter (Part 1)

Things to do in Quebec City, Canada, 10 travel tips to have fun and enjoy winter (Part 2)

Winter night photography tips

1. Charge your camera battery, cold weather reduces the life of the battery charge.

2. Dress accordingly and wear gloves that will allow you full control of the camera and have a good grip.

3. During snow use protective bag for the camera or use umbrella if winds permit.

4. Use prime lens with large aperture to avoid using flash and use lower ISO settings.

5. Find a spot with the less distracting background.

6. Exercise caution and common sense safety at night.

 Quebec city winter night parade photo gallery

Music players and colorful float
Music players and colorful float
Quebec winter carnival night parade night pictures
Quebec winter carnival night parade night pictures
Drummer playing live music
Drummer playing live music

 

Colorful and bright installation with performing artists
Colorful and bright installation with performing artists
Couple dancing to Latin salsa music
Couple dancing to Latin salsa music

 

Dummers band marching during the parade
Dummers band marching during the parade
Flag throwers at the Quebec winter carnival parade
Flag throwers at the Quebec winter carnival parade
A group of clowns entertaining spectators
A group of clowns entertaining spectators
Parkour float displays great skills of the acrobats
Parkour float displays great skills of the acrobats
Parkour artist striking a pose
Parkour artist striking a pose
Burlesque and magic show
Burlesque and magic show
Burlesque show at Quebec winter carnival parade
Burlesque show at Quebec winter carnival parade
Magic show at Quebec winter carnival parade
Magic show at Quebec winter carnival parade
People singing at the parade
People singing at the parade

 

 

  02.11.2015 by FPImages

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