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This festival is really unique here in Quebec.First it last for 3 days saturday to monday , monday being our labor day .The second and major reason is , as far as I know , this is the only festival in Quebec in which can see knights with their horses presenting joust and a tournament which include knights from Ontario and the US.
This year the festival have move to Lachute , it was the first time it happend .Because I have to drive at least 45min which is more then usually , I was saying to myself it must deserve it.Yes it does.The choice of the site was great.No problem of parking , more of it was available.More campments , more merchants , more space for everything and a lot of available place to increase all of this for the futur.Saturday was the best day because sunday and monday the sky was grey and sometimes bring rain.Even with rain nothing have been cancelled.
In every festival , you can see weird or unexplained thing.My friend Gwenyver didn't came with me this year and I know how much she like to look on the costumes people wore .This year I saw less people in costumes but more historical choice.
I also saw a group of musketeer.Well I thought I was very good in history class in high school but I didn't remember they were musketeer in the middle age.Their costume looks good but I'm sorry if some read that but it wasn't the right place for you.Wrong period of time guys.
Soon after we arrive , we heard bagpipes and I really like that.We saw this group bellow.I wish they could wear something more historical .I don't know who they are but I easily forgive them because having a live playing band is really great.
When talking of reality , one of the 4 knights was a lady.Her horse doesn't seem to cooperate very well. During the joust , she fall down form her horse.It was like something totally unreal.She fall down and stay on the ground without moving during a few minutes.Everyone stop breathing , we thought she might be injured..When she finally move and get up , she receive a hundred of applauses.Ouf ! With the costume and the complete armor , it was probably a real shock to fall and with the high heat of the day it might be terrible.
My honey and I didn't stay to watch the tournament of Lys d'argent which is a part of the World joust tournament.They were no place to sit and it was in full sun during the afternoon when the heat was the highest.I'm dissapointed by it but I was so tired we can't stay longer.For the first time I'm the one who ask to leave.I was sick during the week before the event so I knew my limits for the day.It was a great event and if you have the chance next year to see it , I highly recommend it.You can find more detail about it directly on the web site (because the festival did not make publicity)at http://www.medievales.ca/ .