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L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, is a major international fireworks competition. (It was formerly known as Le Mondial SAQ, and l'International Benson & Hedges prior to that.) It has been held yearly in La Ronde over the Dolphins lake, since 1985, and is named after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec. They are hailed as the best fireworks in the world as well as being the largest festival of its kind on Earth. An estimated 3 million people watch them each season, with an approximated 6,000 fireworks set off each show.
Each summer, eight or nine pyrotechnical companies from different countries present a 30-minute long pyromusical show, competing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze jupiters or trophies. For the 20th anniversary in 2004, eight of the previous top competitors (all of whom had won the Gold Jupiter) were invited to fight for the unique Platinum Jupiter in June and July 2004.
The competition takes the form of a series of biweekly fireworks shows usually beginning in late June and ending in late July. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is also broadcast over a provincial radio station. Spectators can purchase tickets to have reserved seats in La Ronde: they can buy them on site or at Admission group to obtain an exceptional view of the lower altitude display and the whole perspective. However, tens to hundreds of thousands of people watch the fireworks for free from nearby locations.
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Amazing to watch every week, every summer.
I love fireworks and in all of my travels, these Montreal fireworks have been some of the best I’ve ever seen. Ok so we won’t be Bosons July 4th show but considering that our show happens twice per week!….every summer!….it’s pretty damn cool.
So the scoop is that countries from around the world compete in Montreal every summer. On Wednesday + Saturday evenings from 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm a different country will put a on a great display carefully choreographed to music which the public can follow on a local radio station (I think it’s 107.5 fm?).
The city will close the villa Marie tunnel (aka HW 20) and the Jacques Cartier bridge where people can stand and watch the show which takes place at La Ronde. If you really love fireworks I recommend buying tickets for the show at La Ronde where they provide chairs and yes, all you can drink :) More importantly you get to see the lower fireworks which most people miss out on when watching the show from the city.