More than 10,000 Easter egg hunters and their parents showed up to the Cocothon event last Saturday at Laval’s Nature Centre. About 7,000 more people than expected showed up for the annual egg hunt.
Displeased with the delay in the start of the hunt, some parents disassembled the fence, causing both children and parents to lurch forward ahead of the scheduled depart time.
“The hunt was supposed to start at noon, but some people arrived at 9:30 a.m. and got impatient,” said Cocothon organizer Angella Pattas.
“It was really the beginning of the loss of control.”
Some children got pushed over as others ran forth to scoop up plastic eggs containing treats.
Other youngsters came away with nothing — especially after some parents snatched eggs out of other children’s baskets to give them to their own kids.
Luckily, no one was injured.
However, some angry parents took to Facebook to demand a refund for the $3 entrance fee.
Pattas apologized for the failures in the organization of the event. She also criticized parents for behaving the way they did.
“I really did not expect this,” she said.