Editor’s Note: Quebec City’s Fêtes de la Nouvelle France Festival starts tomorrow and runs through August 10. Matador member Linda Handiak has attended past festivals, and offers an insider’s look at what you can expect from this year’s event.
Gathering my long skirt in one hand, I negotiate the steep incline guarded by a brooding, gimlet-eyed wall. If this weren’t a festive occasion –and we were in the 17th century – those gun-slots might not be empty. As I approach the top, a man in a lace-trimmed shirt removes his plumed hat and bows.