Bad weather doesn’t spoil the Formula 1 party

The rain did not bother Montrealers and tourists, many of whom took to the city streets yesterday to celebrate the Canadian Grand Prix officially opening its festivities.

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“We’ve been waiting for two years, so we don’t care about the rain! We’re here to party all weekend,” Trevor MacArthur said with a big smile as he danced in a poncho made out of a garbage bag on the corner of Crescent Street and Maisonneuve Blvd in the rain.


Trevor McArthur (right) and his friend had made ponchos out of garbage bags.

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Trevor McArthur (right) and his friend had made ponchos out of garbage bags.

Although it was pouring rain around 7 p.m., he and about thirty people danced wildly to the classic Unboundperformed live by the Quebec group Melt it up.


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Crowd

But once the rain stopped, hundreds of people gathered in the middle of Crescent Street to take their photos in front of the cars on display and enjoy the activities on offer.


After the rain, hundreds of fans gathered on Crescent Street.

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After the rain, hundreds of fans gathered on Crescent Street.

Further down Peel Street, the atmosphere was just as festive.

“We don’t care about the rain, we found umbrellas and we want to enjoy it,” enthused Dylan Larose, who attended a show on the corner of Peel Street and Dorchester Square.

For Patrice Dubé and David Doiron, two friends who came with their children, it wasn’t the bad weather that prevented them from passing on their passion for cars.

“We missed it and it felt good to have been the only Grand Prix to be cancelled. We are delighted to be here,” said Mr. Doiron.

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The terraces of the many bars and pubs on the famous street that hosts the annual Montreal Canadian Grand Prix celebrations were packed as the rain continued to fall.


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Jessica Martin at the Pepito drinks kiosk was happy that the bad weather in the early evening freshened up a bit.


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“People are festive, in a good mood and you can see that despite the bad weather, people are there to stay. They made their grief to have the sun,” she explains, trusting to have a lot more people than she thought.


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Nevertheless, she hopes that the good weather will show itself over the weekend so that the many tourists can even better enjoy the event, which ends tomorrow.

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