In 2005, Mr. Christie’s Québec Winter Carnival will fire up
with a blazing 51st edition. More than ever, the lights will be on the world’s biggest winter
carnival January 28 to February 13, 2005. Modern, dynamic, and always innovative, the
Carnival program will share a torrid theme: fire!
Since time immemorial, fire has been present at carnivals around the world. Winter is the time
of year when the weather is at its coldest and the days at their shortest ... and darkest. The 51st
Carnival will thumb its nose at these elements. "Fire - ice, cold - human warmth, all of these
contrasts will ignite the festivities," says Yvon Hudon, President of the Carnival.
In 2005, for the first time, the Carnival will be integrating a theme into most of its major
activities-a theme to stir the public’s curiosity and spark their interest.
From opening night on, the Carnival will unveil a program blazing with sights and sounds until
the fires go out with Bonhomme’s departure. Numerous fireplaces will warm the ambience at
Carnival sites. Fire will illuminate the Opening Ceremony, flame will enliven the Ice Palace, the
Night Parades and most of the activities. And there’ll be much, much more.