The rainy weather Thursday evening was not the reason for the optimism of the traders of the Grande Allée on day one of the opening of the opening of their terraces. They’re even pumped up, as the event continues through Sunday to mark the post-COVID gaze.
“We are content. It’s going to be a great event. Everyone is happy and I think that the customers of Quebec were waiting for this one. This is the first terrace party” after the start of the pandemic, launched Philippe Desrosiers, owner of the Inox brewery.
The event, which is in its 20and edition, was to be canceled in 2020 and 2021. To mark the occasion, it will take place over four days for the very first time.
Business people thought after a few years to stretch the party. The idea has the advantage of reducing the risk for them, because the revenue lost on Thursday due to the weather could be recovered by Sunday.
“We remain positive,” says Mr. Desrosiers, convinced that the clientele will be there.
Symbol at a glance
Thursday, the rain forced the report to Sunday of the two pop-dance music groups that had been scheduled.
Unsurprisingly, in the pouring rain, customers were more discreetly on the terraces, even covered ones. Inside, however, several stores were buzzing with activity.
After all the difficulties, it will take a lot more to shake the confidence of business people.
“It can’t be worse than two years of closures,” exclaims Louis-Philippe Tremblay-Dufour, co-owner of the Taverne Grande Allée. No matter how many people there will be, last year, we had none of the opening of terraces.
For him and many others, the coming weekend has something symbolic. “It is the emblem of a reopening and of a world that is leaving. It’s the shot in the air for life that leaves, ”he says.
Friday evening from 5:30 p.m., rock & roll music will be in the spotlight. Saturday, a Latin atmosphere will warm up the atmosphere from noon.
On Sunday, pop and electro are heard. Several bands and DJs are on time until the evening.
“We love when it’s alive”
“I was bored of that. It’s the kind of event for fans, we do what we do. We love when it’s alive,” says Tony Tannous, co-owner of La Galette Libanaise.
The budget for the event is estimated at approximately $150,000, half of which comes from sponsors and business people.