The great return of balls

After two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, proms are taking place again this summer, to the delight of the teenagers who have met The press.

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Audrey Pilon Topkara

Audrey Pilon Topkara
The press

Thursday’s rain and inclement weather didn’t dampen the excitement of the Audrey, Dylan and Aminatou group of friends. The three teenagers dressed in their best clothes for the occasion. “We were afraid the ball would be canceled because of the pandemic,” admits Audrey.

Luckily for her classmates and for herself, the relaxation of hygiene measures allowed them to spend an unforgettable evening on a riverboat moored in the Old Port.


Dylan (left), Audrey (center) and Aminatou (right) were thrilled to experience prom on a Bateau-Mouche.

For Nathan Béland and Chloé Arcouette, two graduates from Saint-Henri High School, the celebrations would have been okay, prom or not. “If it had been cancelled, we would have organized something else,” says the elegant duo with a smile.

As with many of her peers, online classes had a negative impact on her motivation. “It was difficult not seeing our friends in real time. When you’re at home you don’t really feel like doing much,” they add.


The duo of Nathan Béland and Chloé Arcouette were excited to celebrate with their mates after two chaotic years at school due to the pandemic.

Last year, the Quebec government didn’t allow proms until July 8, and under several conditions.

Jérôme Leclerc and Rosalie Boucher, two Collège Notre-Dame graduates, felt very lucky to be able to celebrate with their friends. “We have been locked at home for two years. We want to have fun,” they say cheerfully.

Many balls will take place in the next few days. End-of-school celebrations began for some students on Wednesday.

Such is the case of Mathieu Gervais, a recent graduate of the Collège de Montréal, whose prom could not have been more festive.

It was very good, our ball took place on a magnificent boat. I didn’t expect people to dance so much. Aside from a handful of teachers wearing masks, there were no restrictions.

Mathieu Gervais, Graduate

Unlike the graduates of the previous two years, Mathieu had the chance to experience a real ball. “Last year the ball took place at school, in small groups, in open classes. The graduation took place outdoors,” he recalls.

Naomi Geiser, who also just finished her secondary education at the Collège de Montréal, feared the ball would be canceled again because of the pandemic.

Luckily, the teenager was able to celebrate the end of her high school with all her classmates without physical distance. “I had made myself pretty, I felt like a princess! ‘ she rejoices.

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