La Fête des enfants de Montréal attracts massive crowds: 266,000 people attend weekend festivities

    MONTREAL, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Parc Jean-Drapeau was awash in a festive
atmosphere this past weekend. 266,000 visitors took part in La Fête des
Enfants celebrations. Free access to the Ile Sainte-Hélène Aquatic Complex,
the Biosphère facilities and the Stewart Museum, the island park partners in
La Fête, as well as to the Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Biodôme, three of
Montréal's Nature Museums, also played a part in the event's success. Families
from Montréal and elsewhere responded in droves to La Fête organizers'
invitation, many taking advantage of public transit facilities provided free
of charge by the Société de transport de Montréal - La Fête's official
    Under radiant sunshine, La Fête welcomed a record number of visitors to
its ninth edition. Same deal at the Biosphère where 26,303 people visited the
facilities over the weekend, a record crowd for this park's island partner.
François-Etienne Paré, the event's spokesperson for three years running, was
delighted: "Families in Greater Montréal have answered the call and been
carried away by the magic of La Fête des enfants. They've come out to discover
Parc Jean-Drapeau and are thrilled by the new backdrop for La Fête. They've
taken advantage of it to discover all kinds of activities, as is traditional
for this event, in a wonderfully festive atmosphere."

    The magic of La Fête

    For the past nine years, La Fête des enfants de Montréal has provided a
one-of-a-kind opportunity for families from the Greater Montréal region, the
Province of Québec and elsewhere to enjoy a very pleasant time, free of
charge, in an atmosphere of discovery and openness to the world. In this same
spirit, the organizers of La Fête des enfants de Montréal are already
enthusiastically preparing what promises to be a stupendous 10th-anniversary
edition of the event for 2008.

    Invaluable partners

    La Fête des enfants de Montréal is presented by the Société du parc
Jean-Drapeau, in collaboration with the City of Montréal. La Fête is pleased
to have the support of several partners, among them Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC),
Bell, the Société de transport de Montréal - La Fête's official carrier - the
Government of Québec, Hydro-Québec, the Union des producteurs agricoles,
Industries Lassonde, the SPEQ, the Commission scolaire de Montréal and Groupe
Berger. La Fête also has several media partners including Télétoon, The
Gazette, TVA, RockDétente 107.3 Montréal, MIX 96, Métromédia Plus, Le Journal
de Montréal, the 24 heures newspaper and

    For more information about the event, call the Info-Fête Bell line at 514
872-0060 or visit the website

For further information:

For further information: Media: Agence Sonia Gagnon: Nicole Desmarais,
Media Relations, (514) 768-6743;; Caroline
Carbonneau, Media Relations, (514) 768-6743,;
Source: Kevin Donnelly, Director, Communications and Marketing, (514)
872-6368, Cell.: 514 238-1397

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