More than 34,000 enjoyed winter during Sainte-Rose en Blanc
More than 34,000 people took part in the ninth Sainte-Rose en Blanc, Laval’s annual celebration of winter which ended on Feb. 10. While the weather was on the cold side the first weekend, it was milder in the following days. About 17,600 persons took part in the various activities in the last three days.
On Feb. 8, authors Sylvain Marcel and Valérie Charland held a public reading that delighted around 100 people. On Saturday evening, Ti-Jean, Ti-Pat and Ti-Ted told tales around a campfire at the Berge des Baigneurs behind Sainte-Rose-de-Lima Church.
Since its beginnings, Sainte-Rose en Blanc has always offered an entertaining array of things to do, including open-air, cultural and heritage activities. Over the years, people have been able to enjoy an introduction to curling, downhill sledding, pedal-karting, ice fishing and dog sledding. This year there was also an information booth on Place Bell, zumba, and interactive games.
Top music acts
The 2013 edition’s top entertainers included Alfa Rococo and Ima who wowed the crowds in Sainte-Rose-de-Lima Church. But most people would probably agree that the first Saturday evening is always the most exciting: that’s when the fireworks are set off. More than 6,000 people lined the shore of Rivière des Prairies this year for that event alone.