Cover photo cred - Miguel Legault
It's that time of year again, Montreal's favorite winter festival is back! Igloofest will run from January 16th all the way until February 8th. If you're a true Quebecer, then there's no doubt that you've looked forward to this event since last year. Between giant igloos, to ice sculptures, booze and a massive crowd, the party can get a bit rowdy. There are definitely some unwritten etiquette rules that are set for this sort of festival. But it's okay, if you mess up the first time and puke in the crowd, get busted for drugs or simply get kidnapped by the crowd don't worry, there's always the next weekend.
What to Wear
In case the polar vortex decides to make a reappearance, you'll want to make sure that every part of your body is fully protected. With that being said, we suggest you wear a warm fleece onesie, as well as a ski onesie on top of that. Besides, aren't onesies the most stylish garments now a days? A onesie will keep your body warm from head to toe. And if you just so happen to start dying of heat in the crowd, you can simply unzip the torso section of your onesie and tie the arms around your waist. Wear some funky colors, this is a party after all. And when you get lost in the crowd, your friends certainly won't find you if your dressed in black from head to toe.
Two words- pre drink. Fill up a flask, carry a forty, whatever it is, you'll want to make sure you've got some liquor in your system before heading out. There are plenty of booze inside (outside?), but you'll need to be carrying a whole lot of cash on you if you're planning to start a debauchery. Besides, you could be waiting in line for a long time, for both entry and beer.
For starters, you'll want to buy your tickets in advance, it'll save a whole lot of time. Second, make sure you've got everything you need before getting in line, because once you're in, there's no going back. That means having enough cigarettes to suffice you for the evening and enough cash to go around. Don't cut in line, and don't cause a ruckus, you wouldn't want to be kicked out before getting in.
If booze don't suffice, and you're eager to sneak in some goods, we suggest you don't. Unless you've got a master plan that will hide everything from everyone, you'll most probably get busted. Get prepared to be patted down by both male and female bouncers as they'll be searching you from bottom to top. If you do manage to sneak in some bud and decide to light up in the crowd, share with others, sharing is caring.
Come with friends, and if you don't have any, make some. Spend a fair amount of time in the crowd, you're bound to get sweaty in there. Roast some marshmallows by the fire and most importantly of all, keep those booze in your system.
The Do Not
Don't piss or puke in the crowd, everyone will hate you. Don't steal hats off of people's heads, those things are expensive. Don't rush your way to the front, you won't make it. Slow and steady wins the race. If you want to go crowd surfing, make sure you know how. No body want to have their head kicked because you can't hold your feet up.
When To Go
Igloofest will take over the city for the next four weeks, for three nights each weekend. If you're not sure which weekend to go, check out our list of 20 must see DJ's to set you in the right direction.