Quebec Winter Carnival postpones opening to Saturday due to extreme weather
Posted February 3, 2023 1:53 pm.
Due to the extreme cold Friday, the Quebec Winter Carnival postponed its official opening to Saturday, at 10 a.m. All activities scheduled for Friday were cancelled.
For the same reasons, the Electro Frette night, initially planned for Friday evening, has been postponed to Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Carnival has posted on its social networks that the Loto-Québec Zone will close at 11 p.m., while the Bonhomme Vidéotron Campground and the Urban Slide will close at 8 p.m., as planned.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the Carnaval’s General Manager explained that the organizers made the choice for safety reasons – for the festivalgoers, as well as for their team.
The extreme cold warning announced by Environment Canada calls for caution when going outside and recommends to cover up in order to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.
Many on social media were quick to criticize the decision, some arguing that it is normal to experience extreme temperatures in Quebec, others complaining that they had organized in advance to come to Quebec City especially for the festivities.
Despite the cold conditions expected on Saturday, the traditional parade in the Limoilou neighbourhood is being maintained.
For more: carnaval.qc.ca