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Montreal Families

Just for Laughs twins’ parade will have kids smiling

If you happen to be downtown on July 18, you’ll likely be seeing at least double. Approximately 1,000 twins, triplets, and quadruplets will be taking to the streets of Montreal as part of the Just for Laugh’s Twins’ Parade.

This unique event has been going on since 1998 and sees twins from around the world come to Montreal in celebration of their fellow clones. This year’s Just for Laugh’s tagline is Funny as Hell, so it is only fitting that the parade’s theme be devilish; participants will dress up as monsters, demons, and creatures from the abyss.

“Creator for Just for Laughs, Gilbert Rozon, has twin sisters, Luce and Lucie who were in charge of adult programming and they had the idea of creating this parade where twins could be together,” says Catherine Girard-Lantagne, who is the festival’s director of outdoor programming. “Now it’s become a classic; a tradition of the festival.” The parade starts at 4 p.m. at the corner of Jeanne-Mance St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd., and then heads west to City Councillors St. before going along Ste. Catherine St. and winding back to the Place des Festivals. The whole spectacle will take about a half hour, and spectators are sure to be amused and delighted by the odd, yet charming, display of sibling appreciation.

There are plenty of other activities to be found at Place des Festivals during the day. There will be a dedicated family zone near the corner of Jeanne-Mance St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd. with fun and games, carnival rides, entertaining shows, a train ride, a giant maze and table games.

On parade day, there will be two puppet shows at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. followed by a non-verbal show by El Metre that mixes theatre, comedy, and circus at 5:30 p.m. In the evening, there will be a silent disco starting at 7 p.m. where everyone is invited to put on headphones and dance to their hearts content, and finally at 8 p.m. Bill Bestiole will help children overcome their aversion to creepy crawlers as he introduces them to scorpions, spiders, snakes and more.

The festival runs July 8 to 28 and brings together the biggest names in comedy along with free outdoor shows and activities.

For more information about the parade visit their Parade’s Facebook Page

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