I biked to Parc le Pélican last night to see l’Autre St-Jean (yeah, that l’Autre St-Jean). I got there after the anglo acts, but early enough to take some pictures of the party and hear some songs from Malajube before I left.
Here are the best of my pics:
Big parties are always an excuse to hand out free crap.
Aww look at that diversity. (I'm being sarcastic, of course - that's the flag of the Jeunes patriotes du Québec)
Shhh, it's an anglo reporter! Don't expose his true identity!
Volunteers patrolled the parc throughout the night picking up garbage, and boy was there a lot of it.
Security was searching bags for contraband alcohol
I couldn't help but wonder: What if this said "Canada" instead of "Italy"?
Lineups for the bathrooms were huge. I'm glad I didn't have to smell inside there.
This one won the prize for most giant Quebec flag
If nothing else unites us as Quebecers, it's beer
Your Hungarian flag is upside down. Or your Italian flag is sideways.
The band asked everyone to turn on their flashlights, lighters and cellphones, with moderate success.
Many people gathered along the exterior fence where they could drink their beer from home
Hopping the fence was strongly discouraged. This guy got security panicking because he wouldn't go back.
Sunsets are great for watching, bad for photos, especially when nobody turns on lights over the crowd.
Blue ... lightsabres? ... were in ample supply.
Les Dales Hawerchuk are named for a former Winnipeg Jets player, but don't worry, they're singing in French
Media photographers got to stand right next to the stage.
Giant ball with a fleur de lys got bounced around a lot. Vive le Québec gonflable!
The RDI van must have needed about 20 minutes to back its way out of the park along a narrow path through the crowd.