Montreal

Quebecers, politicians out and about for Fête Nationale

There are no shortage of activities going on to mark Quebec's Fête Nationale today — more than 250 events are planned across the province to mark the holiday.

'I came to celebrate with my family, my kids, with all other Quebecers this special day.'

Daphney Colin says she enjoys Fête Nationale celebrations because the winter was hard, and now is the time to get together with others and have a good time. (Brian Lapuz/CBC)

There are no shortage of activities going on to mark Quebec's Fête Nationale today — more than 250 events are planned across the province to mark the holiday.

Daphney Colin lives in Montreal's Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood and attended an event at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Park with her two daughters.

"I came to celebrate with my family, my kids, with all other Quebecers this special day," she said.

For her, the holiday, also known at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, is a way to bring people together and enjoy the start of summer.

In Montreal, 180 performers will take part in the annual parade that will take over St-Denis Street between Boucher and Cherrier streets starting at 9 p.m.

In Quebec City, the National Assembly hosted a number of activities, including an escape room complete with riddles to solve.

Participants could answer riddles and explore four different parts of the National Assembly for Fête Nationale. (Fanny Samson/Radio-Canada)

It's also a day that brings out the politicians — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at an event in Pointe-aux-Trembles Monday morning, and will be in his riding of Papineau later in the afternoon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands during a Fête Nationale event in Pointe-aux-Trembles. (Matt d'Amours/CBC)

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also spending the day in Montreal.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh enjoys a maple taffy at a Fête Nationale event in Montreal. (Matt d'Amours/CB)

Premier François Legault celebrated the day in his riding on Montreal's North Shore.

With files from Brian Lapuz

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