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Family Winter Carnaval at Trafalgar School Grounds

By Contributor
January 27th, 2013

Once again Carnaval d’hiver will be celebrated in Nelson.

Everyone is welcome to participate outside at the Trafalgar school grounds on Friday (February 1) from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate winter fun and French Canadian culture and language.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF), 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 5th 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 CPF and AFKO, welcomed to demonstrate support of French Language learning.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) 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 CPF socio-cultural grant funded by the BC Ministry of Education and through the local generosity of Nelson and District Credit Union.  For information about CPF or carnaval please contact

Photo caption: Carnaval d’Hiver was a great success last year at Trafalgar School in Nelson. — photo courtesy D. Noblet

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