Winter Carnival announces major changes

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Queen of the 2018 Winter Carnival, Samantha-Kim Cantin, Duchess of Charlesbourg (second from left, below Bonhomme’s upraised hand), is surrounded by her fellow duchesses and Bonhomme Carnaval. Will this be Bonhomme’s last royal court?

One of Quebec City’s most enduring winter traditions is getting a major makeover. In a seven-page vision document released on May 23, organizers of the Quebec Winter Carnival, led by a group of experienced consultants including former Festival d’Été de Québec director Daniel Gélinas, laid out a new framework for the annual event, which will take effect in 2019.