Carnaval de St. Isidore showcases francophone culture

A Francophone dance troupe performs at last year’s event. A full schedule of events is planned for this year carnaval.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Francophone culture will be centre stage at the 38th annual Carnaval de St. Isidore from Feb. 14-16.

A variety of activities and colourful entertainers are scheduled at the St. Isidore Cultural Centre, organized by the Society of the Culture Community Centre.

“Invasion des Emojiis” is the theme.

Francophone entertainment and a variety of unique winter activities, such as snow sculpting and log sawing contests, horse- drawn hay rides and outdoor fun are planned, says Rachelle Bergeron, a member of the organizing committee.

A taste of French-Canadian food will feature famous poutine, tourtière and maple snow taffy.

Many other activities include a bonfire, face painting, a toboggan hill, a maze and a geocache treasure hunt for children and adults.

A full line-up of entertainers from the local region and around Alberta will perform.

Former young Falher-area singer Renelle Ray, Plein Soleil and Party d’cuisine are among the local entertainers.

Other headliners feature Les Rats d’Swompe, the Daniel Gervais Band, Roger Dallaire and Isabelle Cliché.

An important part of the festival success is the annual King and Queen competition, Bergeron says.

Eight students from all over the region are vying for the title.

Children’s entertainer Isabelle la Wonderful will host a balloon-making workshop for all ages on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon before she is performs children’s show in the Gazebo at 1 p.m.

She will also create balloon character for children throughout the weekend.

For more information, phone [780] 624-8481, e-mail to explorstisidore@gmail.com, visit the website at centreculturelstisidore.ca or Facebook @stisidore.culturel.

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