Mascot festival packed with activities
For 30 years, Granby has hosted La Fête des Mascottes, a festival that features five days of activities for the whole family, 60 mascots, and the mascot parade.
The 31st edition of the festival will include a variety of activities like face painting, buskers, train rides, pony rides, petting zoo tours, inflatable games, and small amusement rides. There will also be shows for children, dance performances and musical performances by Quebec artists.
Three new shows were custom created for mascots. The 60 giant stuffed animals will take part in Zumba, hip-hop dance classes and will present a play for toddlers. Also new this year, there will be a Corner for Toddlers: a quiet installation to enable parents and babies to rest. Not far away, there will be a breastfeeding room and the Presse Café. The Teen Zone, filled with activities for teenagers, has also been added this year. It features a mechanical bull and table soccer.
There will be a brunch with the mascots and an appearance by Annie Brocoli, a popular children’s character in Quebec. The brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 23. It will include kids entertainment, face painting, and gifts for the children. It costs $20 per person.
The shopper in the family can browse more than 50 booths selling wares from local merchants. And finally, on the morning of July 24, all the mascots will take part in a parade that usually draws about 20,000 spectators.
La Fête des Mascottes will take place from July 20 to 24. Admission is free, but there is a cost for some activities.
For more information, visit fetedesmascottes.ca.