Who is Bonhomme Carnaval?
The Québec Winter Carnival has gained international fame over the years through its renowned key figure, Bonhomme Carnaval, living replica of the snowman that enchanted the youth of all Quebecers.
Celebrity of the Carnival, Bonhomme is a recurring figure during all the activities. Upon his official arrival in the Capital, the Mayor of Quebec gives him the keys to the city, making him the undisputed master of the kingdom.
Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this celebration to foreigners. He is everywhere, even in territories exceeding the boundaries of the city, and is the symbol of the festivities of this joyous period of the year. His mission is to promote the Carnival all around the world.
Since 1955, date of the first annual edition of the Carnival, Bonhomme Carnaval has personified the “joie de vivre” associated with this winter celebration. According to a recent Leger Marketing study, he is a figure recognised by 96% of Quebecers and about 60% of Canadians.
Bonhomme Carnaval is not a simple mascot, he acts officially and speaks for and in the name of the Carnival. He proudly wears the traditional red hat and arrow sash. He is a character that moves and dances, expressing his feelings through a unique gestuelle. He is surrounded by an air of mystery and most of all, an authentic respect.
Bonhomme Carnaval is unique!
First name: Bonhomme
Last name: Carnaval
Date of birth: 1954
City of birth: Québec City
Height: 7 feet
Weight: 400 pounds of compacted snow
Favourite colours: White and red
Favourite little treats: Ice cream and sorbet
Distinctive movement: The leg raise
Best friends: Winter fans
Childhood friend: Santa Claus
Greatest quality: Joie de vivre
Famous words: Happy Carnival!
Biggest dream: Eliminate climate change
Notoriety: Public personality people spontaneously associate with Québec City