There were a lot of smiles in high schools in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on Thursday after Quebec gave the green light to the return of proms.
Secondary 5 students were eagerly awaiting this announcement.
“After the two years that we have lived with COVID, there is at least good news. It really feels good for everyone, “said Jacob Parisée, graduate and member of the organizing committee of the Dominique-Racine school ball, in the borough of Chicoutimi, in Saguenay.
He learned Thursday that his school’s prom can indeed take place on June 17.
“Especially since we knew that we were going to be able to be accompanied. That was great news too because we were afraid of not being able to be accompanied by our friends or friends, ”rejoiced Gaïa Gervais, who is also a graduate and member of the organizing committee of the event.
“I had lots of friends who showed me their dress and said to me: ‘Ah! I’m going to buy her if there’s a ball!’ I’m really happy… There are people who have dreamed of this since they were very young. I know girls who have been saving their money since primary school to buy their dress,” added Gaïa, who is happy to learn that she will be able to wear her dress, which has already been purchased.
She’s not the only one either. Many graduates have been shopping and choosing their dress for several months now.
“In the fall, you really felt the girls’ desire to buy their dress, no matter what, no matter what the measurements announced. But there, we are happy because the dresses that have been purchased will be worn, the girls will be able to dance and celebrate, ”said Roxane Leblanc, co-owner of the Diadaime store in Saguenay.
The return of proms is also making people happy in hotels, where reception halls can come back to life.
“We are talking about between 15 and 20 high school, CEGEP and university balls. We are super happy that it is reopening at full capacity. We are ready to welcome these people… Very happy for the students, who will finally be able to celebrate this stage which is so important for them, “said the co-owner of the hotel Le Montagnais, Jean-Benoit Gilbert.