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The Capital's Winterlude Festival Set to Open (And the Community's Winterlube Alongside It!)
 
ONLINE:  FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4, 6:20 AM EST (GMT-5).

It's Winterlude!THE third coldest capital city on the planet is heated up with action ready to happen on this opening day of Winterlude.

Snow SculpturesThe 22nd edition of North America's greatest winter festival will see over 400,000 visits to the Rideau Canal alone, the 7-mile stretch of ice that is the word's longest skating rink.  Local community events will combine with cool jazz performances at the National Arts Centre, a cross-country skiing loppet, a triathlon, a celebration of Native winter activities, a hot air balloon fiesta, campfire warmers at the Museum of Nature, and of course, the world-renowned ice sculpting competition, in order to create and host a celebration of winter as only the nation's capital can!

Ottawa's Community has come together for the first time, and very quickly and spontaneously at that, to create our own festival alongside:  Winterlube!
 
 
Special this year is Winterlude going international with a tour of the countries of the European Union.  The winter traditions and rich cultural heritage of 15 European countries will be celebrated at Festival Plaza with performing arts inside by European groups and ice carvings outside by a multi-national team.

NOT to be outdone and never willing to miss an opportunity to party, Ottawa's Community has come together for the first time, and very quickly and spontaneously at that, to create our own festival alongside:  Winterlube!

The party starts tonight on the canal - a contingent of drag queens has promised to show in full force in the middle of the mainstream action.

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Get the full news on Winterlube events as they happen.  Gay Ottawa Now! has partnered with Out Productions to bring you the text stories here and visual coverage at www.outproductions.on.ca, starting late tonight or early Saturday morning.

The schedule of events is available at www.outproductions.on.ca.

More information on Winterlude may be found at the National Capital Commission's site.  Extensive information on Ottawa, including a gallery of photographs, may be found at www.ottawa.com.