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42nd Festival du Voyageur Kicks Off Tonight

February 18, 2011 7:30 AM | Entertainment

Hé ho! The big day is finally here as the 42nd annual Festival du Voyageur gets underway tonight.

Tonight’s festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the Torch Light Walk departing from The Forks Historic Port, making its way to Voyageur Park where the official opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. An outdoor party at the Franco-Manitobain Cultural Centre will be held at 6 p.m. with a bar, DJ, campfire, street performers and more.

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Over at Voyageur Park, the main site of Festival, many snow sculptures from the Snow Sculpting Symposium have been crafted, and visitors can learn all about what being a voyageur entails.

A great lineup of artists will be playing at the park this weekend such as Hadley Castille, Jodi King, Don Amero, and Andrew Neville and the Poor Choices.

Al Simmons, Alphabet Soup and Jester & The Gypsy will be performing in the Poste La Prairie tent to entertain the children.

On Monday (Louis Riel Day), Voyageur Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature special Aboriginal and Métis programming that will include artists such as Tribe of One, Asham Stompers and the Aboriginal School of Dance.

To help get you in the spirit of things, don’t forget about the pea soup lunch today from noon to 1 p.m.

Festival du Voyageur runs until Sunday, February 27. Visit their official website for a complete lineup of the 10-day event.

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