"Ten funtastic years!" - La Fête des enfants de Montréal Gets Underway



    MONTREAL, Aug. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - There was a festive mood as the 10th
annual Fête des enfants de Montréal, which takes place on August 15, 16 and
17, was officially launched this afternoon at Parc Jean-Drapeau, in the
presence of François-Etienne Paré, spokesperson for the event, and Marcel
Tremblay, member of the executive committee of the Ville de Montréal in charge
of citizen services, intercultural relations and the Société du parc
Jean-Drapeau, as well as several members from Québec's arts community,
accompanied by their children.

    A hundred activities with something for everyone!

    The festivities begin at 4 p.m., today, with a special evening show to
mark the Fête's 10th anniversary. A variety of entertaining activities will be
offered and, at 7 p.m., "Le Show des 10 ans" featuring CréaSon, Les Petites
Tounes and Les Bannis, who owe their popularity to the Ramdam television
series, will have everyone dancing, young and old! Children are invited to
make their own musical instruments using recycled materials and bring them
along to take part in the show. And for a colourful finish, a large fireworks
display will light up the sky over Ile Sainte-Hélène at the end of the
evening!
    Bringing together some forty cultural communities, this wide-scale event
encourages Montréal families from all backgrounds to come out and have fun and
discover over a hundred free activities! This year, more than a dozen new
events are in store, including athletic activities, arts and crafts, kiosks
showcasing different cultures, and much more! And don't miss the
autograph-signing session with popular characters from the Toc Toc Toc!
children's program or the games with actors from Ramdam.
    On Saturday and Sunday, families will also have free access to the Ile
Sainte-Hélène Aquatic Complex and the facilities of the Parc's island
partners, the Biosphère and Stewart Museum. In addition, three of the Montréal
Nature Museums - the Biodôme, Botanical Garden and Insectarium - will also
hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday.

    Free services

    On August 16 and 17, the Société de transport de Montréal - the Fête's
official carrier - will offer free public transit to families travelling to
the event, upon mandatory presentation of a pass, available at participating
Jean Coutu pharmacies in the greater metropolitan area as of July 28. To
ensure all families of an enjoyable visit, many on-site services will be
offered: stroller parking, baby rest stations with bottle warmers and a
microwave oven, cooler checkrooms and picnic areas.

    La Fête des enfants de Montréal is presented by the Société du parc
Jean-Drapeau, in association with the Ville de Montréal. It is pleased to be
able to count on the input of numerous partners, including the Jean Coutu
Group, Bell, the Société de Transport de Montréal, the Gouvernement du Québec
and La Ronde, as well as Hydro Québec, the Fédération des producteurs de porcs
du Québec, Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada. The Fête also has a
number of media partners: Télétoon, The Gazette, TVA, RockDétente, MIX 96,
Métromédia Plus, the Journal de Montréal and Journal 24 heures.

    Parc Jean-Drapeau is just moments from downtown Montréal and is easily
accessible by metro (Jean Drapeau station), bicycle, car (De la Concorde or
Jacques Cartier bridge) or by ferryboat from the Old Port.

    For more information about La Fête des enfants de Montréal, please call
the Bell Info-Fête line at 514 872-0060 or logon to www.parcjeandrapeau.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Press Relations: Nicole
Desmarais/Caroline Carbonneau, Agence Sonia Gagnon, (514) 768-6743,
ndesmarais@soniagagnon.com, relationspubliques@soniagagnon.com; Source: Eve
Cardinal, Communications Coordinator, Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, (514)
872-7318


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