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Seattle retains honor of Largest Snowball Fight as Quebec falls short

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Quebec City, QC, Canada | Although there's been little buzz about the Seattle Seahawks here in Quebec City, the Emerald City was on the minds of many folks at Carnavel de Quebec this weekend. Also known as Quebec Winter Carnival, the annual snow festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and runs through February 16.

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The 2014 edition features a number of new activities, including an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record's Largest Snowball Fight. It's currently held by Seattle, where on January 12, 2013 the Largest Snowball Fight was achieved (click on for a cool video by Contour). The event was sponsored by Seattle Snow Day (USA) at Seattle Center, and attracted 5,834 participants.

The Quebec event, called the Battle of the Dukes, was held on the first Saturday of the Carnival. In addition to trying to best Seattle, the snowball fight was also a salute to the cult Quebec film La Guerre des Tuques. The goal was to attract 6,000 participants, all required to wear helmets (unlike Seattle). But alas, the event fell thousands short of that number. Nobody seemed to mind, as both participants and spectators had a grand time on the Plains of Abraham. And as one spectator explained to me, "We provided our own snow, Seattle didn't." Score one Quebec!