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Winter Carnaval of Quebec
The Québec Winter Carnival is really popular for tourists, but also for Québécois. During these 2 weeks of February, everybody is outside playing in the cold. People buy trumpets of the Carnaval to make noise and wear the Carnaval belt during the parade that takes place two Saturdays in a row. You have to pay to go to certain sites, you do it by buying the little effigy, but the majority of the sites are free. The most popular activity except the parade is the ice sculpture contest. People for everywhere around the world come to Québec to show their talent. The sculptures can be 10 metres tall. The contest takes place on Plaines d’Abraham beside Place Desjardins. Also, during the carnival there are little ice sculptures all around the city. It is beautiful. Another special activity is organised at this place, the polar bear plunge. People wearing bathing suit 'dive' in the snow at -20C.
For the little kids, there are slides constructed at Place Desjardins. Also, at this place, people can buy hot chocolate and snacks, beaver tails. For the big kids, SAQ (society of alcohol of Québec) has a stand and sell the official alcohol drink of the Carnaval, the caribou. It is at that place that the majority of the festivities take place.
Place Loto-Québec, situated in front of the Parliament, welcomes many artists and shows, but also, it is at the place where the ice castle of Bonhomme Carnaval is built.
For the brave people, there is a canoe race that takes place in Vieux-Port. People have to come up with a team and find sponsors to be able to participate. Place Hydro-Québec is another important site. Each winter, a skate ring is built by the scene where the artists perform. The beginning of the festivities also takes place there.
All around the city, people organise games for warm-up the visitors: a giant baby-foot game is constructed, people sing and dance.
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