Family fun for everyone at the annual Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
It takes an entire team of volunteers, sponsors, city employees, political representatives and more to ensure the continued success of Festival de Cirque.
The 15th edition of the Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque sets off from Jeannotte Street on Friday, June 21. It promises a family-oriented fun-packed weekend that includes the 9th Mozaïk Parade on Sunday, June 23 culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.
“All the shows are free,” said Festival President Michel Vallée during the press conference held Tuesday, May 28. “The rides and food are the only things people have to pay for.”
This year’s festival is hosting six major shows on the Harden Stage situated near the arena on Jeannotte Street.
“The big star, this year, is Paul Piché,” said Vallée. The internationally recognized Quebec singer and songwriter’s concert, 40 printemps, is scheduled as a fitting finale to the Mozaïk Parade at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.
Harden Stage events
The weekend of concerts, acrobatic circus acts, activities for kids, rides, food and fun starts off with Alpha & the Van on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. followed by the ever popular Boogie Wonder Band at 8:30 p.m. The musical entertainment continues on Saturday with Le Bande De La Cité at 7:30 p.m. and Les Trois Accords at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, Massicotte is the early opener at 6 p.m. for the Paul Piché concert that follows later in the evening. Events on the main stage conclude on Monday, June 24 with a fusion of music and circus techniques by Les Parfaits Inconnus at 6 p.m.
This year’s festival also celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the fusion of the former towns of Dorion and Vaudreuil into Vaudreuil-Dorion. Consequently, fusion became the theme of this year’s Mozaïk Parade. It’s an event that showcases the diversity of the community in a colorful and imaginative fashion.
It takes several months of planning and constructing to create floats and presentations that will delight the hundreds of onlookers lining the parade route. Artists Tina Struthers, Lucie Bisson, Monica Brinkman and John McRae have been working with citizen groups helping them realize their contributions to the parade.
“Anyone celebrating a 25th anniversary of anything is invited to join the parade,” said Vallée. If you are in that category, you are invited to meet in front of the Harden Stage at 7 p.m. where you will be directed into the parade as it leaves the arena.
Jeannotte Street activities
There are a wide range of free activities for all ages including parent-child yoga with Idolem Vaudreuil, Home Depot building workshops, Gymini gymnastics circuit, table top games with La Ribouldingue, Jumpai trampoline and an introduction to skateboarding and hula-hooping fun, just to name a few.
Professional level circus acts are a feature of the Festival.
“This year, people will be able to participate with the acts,” said Vallée. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover Vitaminés presenting a multidisciplinary acrobatic show, the high-flying skills of Carpe Diem and Les Parfaits Inconnus with their new show Jukebox. There will also be performances by Festi-Cirque and circus arts initiation workshops presented by the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Circus School.
“This is really an event for the whole family,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon adding that about 45,000 people are expected to attend.
The total budget for the weekend is approximately $800,000, according to the mayor. Half of that amount is provided by the city with the balance coming from the sponsors and the sale of beverages.
“For many of the sponsors, it’s an opportunity to give back to the community,” said the mayor. He also noted the event’s success was the result of the contribution of many volunteers.