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Montreal Gazette - canada.com network Ban on Immigrant Fesitivals

Montreal Gazette - canada.com network

Borough bans immigrant festivals from its parks

Jeff Heinrich
Montreal Gazette


June 7, 2004







Crowds. Noise. Traffic. Fires. Litter.

Complaints over the excesses of immigrant summer festivals have forced one of Montreal's most ethnically diverse boroughs to ban the big ones.

Tamils - and soon Filipinos and Jamaicans - have been told they're no longer welcome to hold their parties in the parks of the Côte des Neiges/NDG borough.

The festivals have become too popular, and the borough wants to keep its parks from being overrun to the detriment of ordinary citizens.

But the borough has a fight on its hands.

Today, the Congress of Filipino Canadian Associations plans to sue the borough for blocking a permit it needs to celebrate Pista sa Nayon, Phillipine Independence Day, next Sunday in MacKenzie King Park.

The annual event usually attracts 3,000 people and is attended by the city's mayor. But this year, the city is backing a rival Filipino group that applied for a permit for a party in July. Next year, the borough wants the Filipinos out altogether

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