MONTREAL, June 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The grandfather of all Grand Prix
festivals in Montreal, the Crescent Grand Prix Festival, celebrated in
record breaking style its 15th anniversary this weekend, drawing record crowds on both Friday and
Saturday evenings for an estimated cumulated total significantly over
the previously established record of 500,000 visitors in 2011.
Mother Nature having contributed on the last two days of the oldest F1
street festival in Montreal and the biggest in the world, even
recognized in the book F1 for dummies, street merchants and exhibitors were ecstatic about the turnout and
the pedestrian traffic on the renowned downtown street.
"This was a dream weekend for all of our merchants, explained Steve
Siosios, President of the Crescent Street Merchants Association.
Montrealers and visitors from all over the world enjoyed Montréal's Joie de vivre, our great restaurants and the charm of this unique North American
city. Bars, terraces and restaurants made record breaking sales while
our visitors enjoyed the diversity of the exhibits, cars and food
kiosks along with great music on the Corona Extra stage all three
"It is always with relief and satisfaction that we deliver an event of
this magnitude," commented Brian Fogt, President of BBF Promotions and
Events, the instigator of this event some 15 years ago. But eleven
months of hard work, combined with great sponsors who believe in us and
the visibility this event provides them, is the only recipe. But to
draw some 550,000 spectators over 3 days requires the involvement and
hard work of so many people to whom we say thank you, thank you and
thank you again for having contributed to our successes over the last
15 years and especially this past weekend."
Crescent Street merchants and the promoter are all thankful to the
various levels of government for securing the Canadian Grand Prix for
another 10 years. The street festival itself offers a great opportunity
to showcase our beautiful city to the world. The Crescent Street
Festival not only provides entertainment value for the festival goers
but also contributes to the economic growth of the city by creating
every year over 500 direct jobs, not counting those created by the
bars and restaurants in order to accommodate the substantially
increased traffic during the weekend.
The Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival, the leader over the years,
intends to continue the tradition and the trend it created by extending
a rendezvous to motorsport, music, food and people on Montreal's best
known street again in 2015. May the summer begin!
Image with caption: "Crescent Street and its record crowd as seen from the roof of Winston Churchill Pub on Friday night. (CNW Group/Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140608_C9046_PHOTO_EN_41194.jpg
SOURCE: Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival
For further information:
For interviews with the President of the Crescent Street Merchants Association or the President of BBF, the promoter of the event, please contact:
Paul Vaillancourt III
Cell: 514 996-6224