Scènes de l’Autre St-Jean

Crowd

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:

Drapeaux 10$

ELITE Sécurité

Big parties are always an excuse to hand out free crap.

Big parties are always an excuse to hand out free crap.

Police

TV vans

Aww look at that diversity. (I'm being sarcastic, of course - that's the flag of the Jeunes patriotes du Québec)

Aww look at that diversity. (I'm being sarcastic, of course - that's the flag of the Jeunes patriotes du Québec)

Swing

Barriers

Shhh, it's an anglo reporter! Don't expose his true identity!

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.

Volunteers patrolled the parc throughout the night picking up garbage, and boy was there a lot of it.

Cotton candy

Security was searching bags for contraband alcohol

Security was searching bags for contraband alcohol

I couldn't help but wonder: What if this said "Canada" instead of "Italy"?

I couldn't help but wonder: What if this said "Canada" instead of "Italy"?

Stage

Lineups for the bathrooms were huge. I'm glad I didn't have to smell inside there.

Lineups for the bathrooms were huge. I'm glad I didn't have to smell inside there.

More crowd

This one won the prize for most giant Quebec flag

This one won the prize for most giant Quebec flag

If nothing else unites us as Quebecers, it's beer

If nothing else unites us as Quebecers, it's beer

Your Hungarian flag is upside down. Or your Italian flag is sideways.

Your Hungarian flag is upside down. Or your Italian flag is sideways.

Cotton candy

Crowd from behind

More crowd from behind

The band asked everyone to turn on their flashlights, lighters and cellphones, with moderate success.

The band asked everyone to turn on their flashlights, lighters and cellphones, with moderate success.

Dark lights

Many people gathered along the exterior fence where they could drink their beer from home

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.

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.

Sunsets are great for watching, bad for photos, especially when nobody turns on lights over the crowd.

Blue ... lightsabres? ... were in ample supply.

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

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.

Media photographers got to stand right next to the stage.

Pit

Giant ball with a fleur de lys got bounced around a lot. Vive le Québec gonflable!

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.

The RDI van must have needed about 20 minutes to back its way out of the park along a narrow path through the crowd.

Beer

Ah, l'amour...

Ah, l'amour...

2 thoughts on “Scènes de l’Autre St-Jean

  1. Singlestar

    “Aww look at that diversity. (I’m being sarcastic, of course – that’s the flag of the Jeunes patriotes du Québec)”

    Actually, it’s the flag of the Patriotes of 1837-38 during the rebellion (simultaneous to the rebellion in York (aka Toronto by William Lyon Mackenzie.)
    In the 1960s this flag became quite popular, especially a bit later during the War Measures Act when it was a pacific symbol of resistance.
    More common amongst fringes today.

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