City of Montreal to hold a second Jacques-Cartier Bridge light show

City of Montreal to hold a second Jacques-Cartier Bridge light show

Fireworks explode over an illuminated Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to celebrate the city’s 375th birthday. One of the signature events to mark Montreal’s 375th birthday will be getting a reprise. The festivities on May 17 were supposed to culminate with the nighttime illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

MONTREAL — One of the signature events to mark Montreal’s 375th birthday will be getting a reprise.

The festivities on May 17 were supposed to culminate with the nighttime illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

While the event went ahead as scheduled, it was marred by demonstrating off-duty police officers whose loud protest prevented the nearly 400,000 gathered from being able to fully hear the musical acts.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre apologized the next day, promising the event would be restaged.

The city’s 375th anniversary committee and the federal bridge authority announced today a 30-minute illumination show will be held on the evening of June 25.

The Montreal police brotherhood says its members are committed to negotiating in good faith despite having been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2014.

The Canadian Press

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