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Quebec City is the Worlds Snow Capital Quebec City held its first winter carnival in 1894 It was an elaborate celebration that provided people with relief from the cold harsh winter In the sixty years that followed these winter carnivals were organized periodicallyIt wasnt until 1955 that a group of local businessmen decided that an annual carnival would be a good way to stimulate the economy during the long winter months The Quebec Carnival grew to become Quebec Citys third-largest industry far surpassing its organizers dreamsThe Carnivals activities reflect the character and the tastes of the modern-day people They also include many of Quebecs most famous traditions Beautiful snow sculptures as well as the traditional canoe race across the mighty St Lawrence River are as spectacular and as popular as everSince 1955 the Quebec Winter Carnival was recognized as the Worlds biggest winter celebration and is the third largest carnival after those in Rio and New OrleansToday Quebec Citys historic streets are filled with people of all ages anxious to experience the joys of winter at the world-famous Quebec CarnivalThe Quebec Carnival offers a wide variety of sporting events The legendary International Canoe Race a popular tradition since the very first Carnival is a true test of courage and determination Teams from around the world attempt to cross the mighty St Lawrence River between Quebec City and Levis must battle ice floes treacherous currents and freezing temperatures Theres also something called the Roll in the snow for participants dressed only in a bathing suit The provincial dogsled racing Championship called La Grande viree the Soapbox Derby the Car Race on ice and the Cross Country skiing Classic of the Quebec Winter Carnival are just some of the activities at the Quebec Winter Carnival The Carnival has brightly-lit night parades which are the most colorful part of its program Each year more than 500000 spectators bundle up to attend the exciting
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