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Nelson's Carnaval heats up February night

A student enjoys broomball with Bonhomme at Carnaval last winter. - photo submitted
A student enjoys broomball with Bonhomme at Carnaval last winter.
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Once again Carnaval d’Hiver will be celebrated in Nelson. All are welcome to participate outside at the Trafalgar Middle School grounds on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate winter fun and French Canadian culture and language.

Canadian Parents for French, Nelson Chapter has been hosting the annual winter carnaval since 2009 with help from its sister organization AFKO (the West Kootenay francophone association) and the participation and support  of the French immersion programs and students of Trafalgar and L.V. Rogers high school and Nelson’s francophone school Ecole Sentiers Alpins.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the fifth annual carnaval,” said Patricia Dehnel, event coordinator.

It’s an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family and practice French speaking. There’s something for everyone: broomball, dancing, crafts, winter games, and entertainment, including les beaux chanteurs de l’AFKO and PartyPartyDJ carnaval music.

Admission to Carnaval is free, however, bring your toonies for la piece de resistance from the cabane à sucre — maple sugar taffy.  Also available for purchase will be delicious maple syrup products and membership to both Canadian Parents for French and AFKO, welcomed to demonstrate support of French language learning.

Canadian Parents for French is a parent led non-profit national organization that believes in a bilingual Canada and supports opportunities for French language learning and culture.

Carnaval is supported with a Canadian Parents for French socio-cultural grant funded by the BC Ministry of Education and through the local generosity of the Nelson and District Credit Union.

For information about Canadian Parents for French or carnaval please contact


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