Montreal is hosting a controversial rodeo this weekend

Aug 24 2017, 9:05 pm

The NomadFest Urban Rodeo is taking place in Montreal this weekend at the Old Port’s Jacques Cartier Pier from today until Sunday, August 27.

The event is described as a “contemporary rodeo festival, where country music, western-inspired gourmet food and equestrian competitions comingle on Jacques-Cartier Pier in downtown Montreal.”

There will be plenty of food stalls on site serving up some country-western fare including a BBQ station, southern style corn on the cob, and lots of bacon.

Rodeo competitions will be taking place all weekend long as real-life cowboys and cowgirls will participate in bull riding, equestrian, and lassoing competitions.

But the event is also receiving backlash from animal rights groups.

Association Terriens and KARA are planning a protest against the event today in the memory of Grady, a horse that died during the rodeo in Saint-Tite on May 28.

“We will be standing united to denounce the rodeo and to bring attention to the animal cruelty inherent in these events. We will have signs and posters available on site, however, feel free to create your own, with a clear message against the rodeo,” write the groups on their Facebook event page.

“All activists are welcome to inform and enlighten the people in attendance in a calm and respectful manner. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend! The animals need us!”

NomadFest Urban Rodeo

Where: Jacques Cartier Pier
When: Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27

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