Quebec Winter Carnival – Street Scenes

My last post from Quebec – featuring the actual winter carnival!

I really did not capture the winter carnival like I wanted to, but here’s a very small taste of what I did manage to shoot.
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Bonhomme, the official mascot of the Quebec Winter Carnival, who we saw on our first day there! He was chattering about in French (which I don’t speak) but he was a jovial old fellow.

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Bonhomme stickers were all over Old Quebec – everyone was joining in the celebration! It was really nice that the entire town seemed so enthusiastic about the festival.

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And, it being Canada, hockey was everywhere! Lots of kids playing street and ice hockey while older teens and adults were carrying hockey sticks all around town.

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And these folks, snow plungers and dance enthusiasts, who I am affectionately referring to as the crazies.  There was a big “bathing suit in the snow” party, which I was happy to watch wrapped in 5 layers and a nice big fluffy coat. No extreme cold nudity for this Texan!

The carnival was great fun and there was so much that I didn’t get to adequately show with my camera – it was a nice way to celebrate winter and shake off those winter doldrums (and avoid Boston’s 4th snowstorm this year…sheesh!) I highly recommend running away to Canada to rediscover the joy in winter.

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