North Shore towns celebrate Québec!

Dimitris Ilias

Despite COVID-19 the North Shore towns celebrated Quebec’s day in their own way on the 23d and 24th of June. Some of the municipalities had cancelled all their outdoor activities whereas others found creative ways to still celebrate.
In St-Eustache online video capsules of artists, patriotic speeches as well as competitions with several prizes constituted the mostly online character that the city chose for celebrations!
In Ste-Therese artists aboard three flatbed trucks crisscrossed the streets of Sainte-Thérèse to offer colorful musical performances featuring Quebecois and folk songs. This type of event was also a first in Sainte-Thérèse. Citizens who were visited by the parade were encouraged to go out on their balcony or on their property to enjoy the show. They were also invited to decorate their residence and dress in the colors of the National Day to be part of the party!
In Boisbriand the national holiday was indeed celebrated on June 23. Despite the exceptional context surrounding COVID-19, citizens were invited to celebrate Quebec by enjoying the entertainment that roamed the streets. “Let yourself be surprised by itinerant and joyful entertainment that will delight the whole family. Since we could not hold the national holiday show due to the pandemic, we decided to innovate. If people can’t get to the show, then the show will get to them, ”said Mayor Marlene Cordato.
Buskers, DJs and entertainment vehicles roamed the streets the city from the start of the evening. Respecting the physical distance, people are invited to enjoy the National Day COVID-19 version of their lawn, their balcony or their windows. Unfortunately, a strong thunderstorm prevented some of those events to take place. The city had to cancel them for safety reasons


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Fireworks and outdoor fires forbidden
Given the weather conditions, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU), prohibited open fires in or near the forest in several regions of Quebec until further notice.
The MRC Thérèse-De Blainville, was affected by this measure. Campfires, fireworks, sparks and flying lanterns are therefore currently prohibited. Only fires in spark arrester installations on clay or gravel ground are permitted. Currently, 11 fires are active in Quebec. The authorities asked for everyone’s essential collaboration if the ban on open fires in or near the forest is to be respected. The purpose of this measure is to limit the risk of forest fire.